Why are horses therapeutic?
Did you know that when in contact, a horse’s heart rate may mirror a human’s emotions, signifying a close unspoken form of communication? The horse as emotion detector may be the key to eliminating invasive procedures such as those that measure cortisol, a stress hormone.
Horses receive information from body language and give feedback. They FEEL more than they THINK. They are emotional and honest.
Studies have indicated that horse therapy has been successful in helping people show improvements in the following areas:
- Emotional awareness
- Stress tolerance
- Impulse control
- Problem-solving skills
- Social responsibility
- Interpersonal relationships
Horses are non-judgmental, have no preconceived expectations or motives, and are highly effective at mirroring attitudes and behaviors of the person they are working with.