What horses can teach us...

The conventional way of thinking is that humans have something to teach horses. We turn this on its head and focus instead on what horses can teach us about ourselves, others and the world at large


Participating in an equine facilitated experiential learning session becomes an adventure, where we explore how to enter a relationship with the horse which is equal, not power over. By engaging with horses in this way, participants learn about themselves, others and the world at large.


“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Winston Churchill


Through facilitating, coaching or counselling with the horses as the teachers and guides, we develop a process of enquiry which helps participants move from where they are to where they would like to be. The learning is in the experience of the relationship which forms between human/s and horse/s and what awareness that brings.


Horses don't judge and the powerful non-judgemental feedback and unconditional positive regard horses can provide can help in building self awareness, calmness, self confidence, emotional intelligence and resilience, as well as presence and mindfulness skills.


We also focus on what horses can teach us by just being horses, and not just from a human (anthropomorphic) perspective, but by meeting the horses in their field, in their culture, this can help us get back into our senses and our embodied ways of knowing. 


Horses can teach us to develop body awareness and emotional intelligence through experiential learning.


“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.” Albert Einstein

Horses communicate mainly through their body language, but did you know that at least 90% of how we communicate is nonverbal too! As Albert Einstein said “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.” At Adventures with Horses we concentrate on the intuitive mind and our embodied ways of knowing.


"For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them." Aristotle


Horses are prey animals and because of that they feel much safer if we stay in the present moment, hence by  engaging with the horses in away that is mindful and without over-using our rational cognitive mind - e.g. judging, assessing or questioning - working with the horses as our guides can help us to let go of what we think we know in order to open up to what we don’t yet know.


In this authentic state we develop natural presence, with the opportunity to relearn how to trust our feelings, our hearts, our sensate responses, and gut feelings.








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