Horses Provide a Powerful Reflection

As our Equine Specialist often reminds us, you can’t hide your feelings from a horse. 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.

When students interact with horses in equine assisted therapy, the horse emulates the physical and emotional state of the student, providing immediate and honest feedback. This allows the student to gain a better understanding of their own behavior.

Most of the interaction between humans and horses occurs nonverbally. This means that horses are especially attuned to small changes in stance, tone of voice, facial expression, and more. Because of this, equine assisted therapy offers invaluable insight into how students communicate with their family, siblings, and peers.

Better Communication With Family, Peers, Teachers

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 a means to develop tools to communicate more effectively and get their needs met in a healthy way.

Equine therapy 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 relationships with their families, peers, teachers, and other important figures. Trails Carolina’s equine specialist can help create these changes for your child.

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“I’m more accepting of the road ahead of me.”
Audrey T., Student