“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” ~Helen Thompson
Horses are exceptionally intuitive creatures that reveal who we are in an unthreatening way. Their reactions and affections are untainted, honest and trustworthy. Horses crave companionship and have a tenacious need to be accepted and to belong, which mirrors our desire to establish close bonds within our social groups. They do not discriminate with respect to our outward, physical appearance, but rather to the substance within our core. The unmitigated acceptance from a horse is naturally pure and without condition of appearance, monetary class, or popularity. Through that acceptance we are then able to flow forward and connect to the real world, come to realize we are an integral part of the Universe, and reduce the debilitating feelings of isolation and fear that prevent us from leading a life that is full.
A horse’s sheer size creates a heightened sense of awareness and conjures feelings from fear to protection, imprisonment to freedom, and inferiority to empowerment. Through working with horses, people who have traditionally hidden from internal issues by “bullying,” find an easier, softer, more effective way of interaction and cooperation; and those who have been victims of abuse or self-degradation learn to accept themselves and to be assertive in expressing their boundaries and needs. Observing, connecting, and interacting with horses extracts an array of emotions and behaviors in people, which act as catalysts for personal awareness and growth.
With the help of horses, people can reconnect with nature, heal their deepest wounds, and learn to love themselves again…or for the first time. Through the horses’ pure, gentle nature, people see the peace and serenity they are longing to find.