Horses Provide a Powerful Reflection

    Trails uses horses based on effective equine therapy strategies to help troubled teens and youth connect with their emotions and nonverbal communication. As our Equine Specialist will tell you, “You can’t hide your feelings from a horse.”

    When our students are engaged with the horses in equine therapy, the horse emulates the physical and emotional states of the student, thus providing immediate and honest feedback. This allows for a better understanding of certain patterns exhibited by the student and how their actions affect others close to them.

    A certain stance, tone of voice, or facial expression can communicate volumes to these intuitive animals. Since most of the interaction between a human and a horse occurs non-verbally, equine therapy offers invaluable insight into how students communicate with family, siblings, and peers.

    Better Communication With Family, Peers, Teachers

    We encourage our students to use their relationship with a horse as a lens to see themselves and how they affect the relationships in their lives and start to develop tools to help get their needs met in a healthy way.

    Using an Equine Therapy approach helps teens overcome their struggles and reconnect with their families and friends.

    Horses train students about awareness and eventually control over internal states. The communication skills required for working with a horse directly translate into the wilderness training and communication skills necessary for better communication with their families, peers, teachers and other important relationships. Trails Carolina’s equine specialist can help create these changes for you.




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