In the Company of Horses » Personal Development

Connecting with horses can and most likely will nurture & inspire you to improve your confidence, build healthy relationships with others & reconnect with your horse and environment. Horses have a way of giving humans the opportunity to find their true potential in life, to find out who they really are or want to be... Equine assisted activities and therapy are incredibly powerful methods to reconnect with yourself and others under the gentle, watchful eyes of the equine facilitator! 

Equine Guided Personal Development 

Equine-Guided Education (EGE) and Coaching uses experiential activities involving horses to create metaphors that reflect real life. The approach is non-directive, allowing for opportunities to problem-solve and be creative. EGE is solution-oriented and acknowledges the power of choice. Most activities are done on the ground, making equine-guided coaching accessible to people of all experience levels.

"Experiential,"  as it pertains to equine guided learning, means that you will be touching horses, breathing them in, seeing them, and moving with them on foot. You will be in the wilderness, in nature, feeling the sun on your face, walking on the earth, or smelling blossoming flowers in the veld. All your senses will be involved. 

The field of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) as described on the PATH International website:

"Throughout the world, hundreds of thousands of individuals with and without special needs experience the rewarding benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). A physical, cognitive or emotional special need does not limit a person from interacting with horses. 

The Role of the Equine as Partner in EAAT

New scientific research continues to reveal critical information about equine sentience- their abilities of perception, cognition, memory, and emotions such as pain and fear. Equines are able to perceive, respond to and learn from the impressions they receive from minimal sensory stimuli. The stimulus may originate from changes in human biochemistry, body language, or vocal intonations. It can also come from changes in the equine’s environment, relationships with other equines, or the equine’s general health In this way, equines make decisions based upon the stimuli they experience from others or from their environment (Hangg, 2005; Nicol, 2002; Proops, McComb, &  Reby, 2009; Saslow, 2002). These abilities are based in natural, biological, physiological, and psychological traits of equines. Each equine is unique in personality, and has individual likes, dislikes and habits. The information gained from equine communication can be highly useful in all EAAT settings. Listening to equine communication can have an effect on the care of the equines, their rate of burnout, and the success of the human-equine interaction. In EAAT sessions or lessons, viewing the equine as a partner invites opportunities for relationship building and skill building with all participants served."

 

Please send an email to isabel@ridingforhorses.co.za if you wish to book a session and/or receive a package offer.

Isabel Wolf-Gillespie - Member of the KZN Equine Facilitated Intervention Association

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