Equine Assisted Professional Development, Growth, and Learning
- The use of equines in personal/ professional growth and therapy is a relatively new field with increasing scientific support.
- Horses are social animals, as are dogs, but unlike dogs, horses are prey animals. Their very survival depends on the ability to read non-verbal communication and react to the emotions, thoughts, and energy of those in their social group and environment.
- Horses are much more skilled than humans in “reading” our non-verbal communications and “holding up the mirror” for us to see better what we are communicating non-verbally. They are able to pick up on the negative energy and “baggage” we carry with us into the work environment.
- They serve as a wonderful metaphor for the individuals with whom you work.
- To provide quality care or support to vulnerable individuals and function effectively in teams, we must be keenly aware of our non-verbal messages. The experiential aspect of this work will heighten your awareness of how you are perceived and your ability to be fully present in your activities.