Horses live in the present moment
They do not complicate their thinking with concern about past or future. Their survival has depended on sensitivity to all things in their environment for which they have developed present-moment awareness to a high degree. As predators with the ability to focus and block out unwanted information, human beings can take valuable lessons from horses on how to take a wider, softer, focus and appreciate the Now.
Horses thrive in herds, and so do we
Like us, horses are relational beings who look after each other with both rules of discipline and empathy for each other. Observing horses in herds provides us with effective models of how to live calmly within our own being and in harmony with others.
Horses communicate directly
Horses do not doubt themselves. They communicate with each other honestly through subtle and highly effective non-verbal language. Their model of behaviour leads to valuable self-reflection on our own styles of communication, and helps us to tap into our own innate embodied wisdom.
Horses are emotionally honest
Horses do not lie. They react to us authentically, without hiding or disguising their true emotional states. Through controlled experiences in the workshops and individual sessions, you will be invited to be aware of your own authentic being.
Working with horses leads to a quicker experience of embodied wisdom
Because horses are very sensitive to reading information such as our heart rates, levels of adrenalin, and other non-verbal cues, they provide reflective feedback to our current states of being. Bringing attention to embodied emotion short-circuits the stories we weave about ourselves, and brings us to the truth of our being more directly than entirely talk-based methods.
The counsellor and horses work together as a professional team
Our staff is trained in Professional Counselling and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and the horses have been trained in natural horsemanship techniques to prepare them for working with people. The human and equine staff have learned to trust each other, and know how to interpret each other’s body language. This ensures high standards of safety and means that the cues the horses give are interpreted effectively as they arise.