Holistic Equine Assisted Relationship Transformation for Individuals
What can it do for me?
Many people have experienced the profound love and healing that animals can give us, especially our pets, and horses are no exception. Horses have the ability to bring out all our emotions, from our deepest fears to the heights of pure, unconditional love.
By working with horses in Equine Assisted Therapy, they can act as reflections of our behaviour or personality, metaphors of the way we live our life and of how we communicate in relationships.
Often through our human experiences we have been let down, lost trust or have become fearful of communicating our needs. Often in our human relationships we have lost who we truly are because we may be placating, manipulating or controlling things in order to get our needs met. However, sometimes we are not congruent with our true desires and whilst we can cover this up with most humans, horses have the ability to sense that incongruence and react accordingly.
I can’t ride…..
Sessions are suitable for both experienced riders and complete beginners. Sessions can be conducted on the ground in the stable or the riding arena or as a ridden exercise. It’s up to the individual.
Each session lasts between 1 to 1.5 hours. The facilitator may take some case history notes beforehand.
“It’s easy in an ordinary counselling session to waffle on for years and to never address core issues. Horses have the ability to bring up what is needed in that moment for healing.”
Wendy Price, Course Facilitator
Susan had a fear of riding or, so she claimed. Within 10 minutes of meeting her horse, it transpired that her real fear was of getting in touch with what she was really feeling, in this instance of acknowledging her overwhelming grief. One of our horses we were working with allowed her to open her heart and to express her grief in a gentle way and to begin the healing process.
The human facilitator picked up the signals revealed by both Susan and the horse and used these to guide the session. By asking questions, monitoring responses and gently providing support, the facilitator enabled Susan to come to terms with what had happened, clearing the way to give her more confidence to ride again.