Why work with horses?

There are several reasons as to why horses make a suitable facilitator for personal development. Horses are prey animals with an intrinsic characteristic of being a highly social animal. To survive the horse relies on his fellow herd members, yet their communication is mostly non-verbal. Through evolutionary processes the horse today has developed the ability to read intentions of those around them and pick up on very small changes in energy levels. Consequently, horses are very sensitive to changes in body language and arousal levels. When wild horses are under threat it is amazing to see how a whole herd will move off as one. This heightened alertness to emotional states makes the horse a sensible choice to do reflective work with individuals or in groups. In addition, horses don’t judge. They do not care about who you are or where you are from, they care about your presence, your intentions and your ability to be and connect with them.