Horses are at the heart of transformation
Winston Churchill was ahead of his time, as recent neuroscience confirms. Trauma is processed in the lower, sensory region of the brain as an experiential injury. Trauma is most effectively treated by experiential therapy. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning are experiential models in which horses help people discover and overcome unhealthy patterns and behaviors.
Working with horses:
Builds mindfulness, which counteracts traumatic anxiety, scatteredness, and tension.
Ignites movement and grounding, which decreases arousal and dissociation.
Creates connection, which decreases isolation, builds trust, and increases confidence.
Encourages engagement of the frontal lobe, which improves problem-solving and coping abilities.
Prey animals instinctively wired to read emotion and intent.
Non-verbal communicators, giving immediate feedback about actions and body language.
Non-judgemental and consistent in their responses.
One teen shared:
Finding that calming feeling or internal peace is often a turning point for people with trauma.