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.
Our mind-body wellness tools include connecting with horses through touch, grooming and interacting. (We do not provide horseback riding.)
Hi, my name is Angel. I’m a thoroughbred and retired race horse. My racing name was Weho. I was born in Kentucky, and my father is a famous horse by the name of Langfuhr. I’m gentle to interact with, and very obedient. I love humans, but I’m afraid of cows! Grooming is a favorite past time.
I’m Raquel. I was born a wild mustang in Nevada, but my herd was rounded up by the BLM. I was sent to a sanctuary where I was halter trained before being adopted. It turns out that I enjoy riding, and I love giving gentle kisses for treats. I’m also very smart and playful.
Hi there, my name is Buddy. I’m Raquel’s best friend and fellow mustang herd-mate. I’m a gentle boy. Sometimes Raquel and I get into mischief, but it’s all in good fun. A nip on the shoulder means: “Let’s play!”
I’m sweet Jasmine, or “Jazz” for short. I’m a beautiful Morgan horse; a majestic American breed. I was born in Utah, and I once had an owner who neglected me, but now I get to hang out with my horse friends and have a good life.
I’ve got an extra long mane covering my shoulders, and a bushy tail, and I like a good brushing. I also like to “whinny” and talk more than the rest of them.
Greetings, I’m “Titch”. (My dad’s English, so he named me titch which is British slang for “little”.) As a miniature palomino horse, I may be small, but I’m very confident. (I can even put those mustangs in their place.)
I’m also an escape artist. People like to bend over and give me hugs, and make sure I stay properly groomed. I’m also a bit of a talker sometimes.
Come and connect with us, and we will help you reconnect with yourself.