Why horses and experiential learning?
The prey nature and intense sensitivity to reading energy and subtle changes in their environment enable horses to co-facilitate teaching a wide range of life and coping skills.
Due to their sensitivity, horses react and respond to people differently based upon the person’s emotional state. The horse supplies biofeedback, providing the clients and the therapeutic team or coach with information regarding the clients’ moods and changes within those moods. This provides an opportunity for learning and skill building.
Horses mostly use non-verbal communication and interacting with them helps people understand and learn how their own non-verbal communication might be impacting others. Horses also demand that we are aware of our surroundings at all times. In order to stay safe around horses we must be observant, present, focused and attentive – all skills which many people struggle with.