A horses survival is dependent on the ability to detect subtle signs of danger, changes in their environment and sensory communication through the herd. As prey animals knowing the difference between a sleeping predator and a hungry one is essential for survival. The horse’s ability to respond to its environment and detect the nuances of emotion within another underpins much of our work.
Reflective interactions with horses provide many opportunities for metaphorical learning. Interacting with horses requires emotional effort, whether caring for or working with them. Horses are unfailingly honest, which makes them especially powerful communicators. Partnering with horses to support therapeutic and educational experiences for individuals and groups promotes insight in a novel and engaging way.
In the words of Aristotle
‘Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not easy’