Horses Provide a Powerful Reflection

We believe that the horse and human relationship models the relationships we have in our everyday lives and is essential in helping our students build better connections with their family, peers, and teachers. Horses’ intuitive sense of emotion and nonverbal communication make them the ideal teachers for pre-teens and teens to become more aware of their demeanor.

By focusing on co-regulation, non-verbal communication, and reciprocity within the horse and human relationship, our students learn how to better understand their role within their own relationships.  


Simply put, co-regulation suggests that when our students are calm, cool, and collected, it helps others around them to be calm and collected. We see this modeled through our students’ interactions with the horses. While interacting with the students, the horses learn to better regulate their emotions and respond to us as humans through co-regulation.

Non-Verbal Communication

Most of the interaction between humans and horses occurs nonverbally. This means that horses are especially attuned to small changes in emotional states. Because of this, equine relational programming offers invaluable insight into how students communicate with their families, siblings, and peers.

Reciprocal Relationships

We encourage our students to view their relationship with a horse as a reflection of themselves and what they bring to the relationships in their lives, and as a means to develop tools to communicate more effectively and get their needs met in a healthy way.

Equine programming helps students overcome their struggles and reconnect with their friends and families. Horses teach students to be more self-aware and exercise greater control over their internal states.

The communication skills required for working with a horse directly translate into the communication skills needed to have healthy, reciprocal relationships with their families, peers, teachers, and other important figures in their lives. Trails Carolina’s Equine Specialist can help create these changes for your child.

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85% of adopted students that reported issues with rule-breaking saw an improvement in issues between starting Trails Carolina and one year after graduating.

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