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Thinking About A New Year’s Resolution? Five Reasons To Try Equine Therapy

woman and horseWe all make resolutions, and sadly, many of us will never realize these often lofty goals. And what do we do then? We wonder why. First, why did we make the resolution in the first place, and if we are the introspective type, what is it about us that prevented us from reaching our target? But to answer these questions, we’d probably have to have a window into our unconscious. And really, we may just not have the time or patience for psychoanalysis. But, maybe, just maybe, we can learn something about ourselves through time spent with a horse.

So, in honor of resolutions, here are ten reasons to try equine therapy.

  1. Horses are novel. For the majority of people, meeting a horse is an entirely new experience. While we may have some idea how self-exploration will go, we really have no idea how we will react, or more importantly, how the horse will react to us. This is the perfect environment to learn about the self.
  1. Horses are physiological. While people often miss nonverbal cues about others, and we even can be unaware of what we are presenting outwardly in a nonverbal way, horses miss nothing that is nonverbal. And without saying a word themselves, horses can us the truth about ourselves.
  1. Horses are powerful. Want to feel more powerful? Well try directing a 1200 pound animal. And then consider that this animal has a reaction time less than half of ours.
  1. Horses are non-threatening. For all their massive power, horses do not carry the same preconceived ideas about the way people should should look, act and feel. Instead, they just accept people as they are, because that is all they know.
  1. You might discover something new. For some people, equine therapy is an introduction into a lifelong love of horses. I fact, some clients go on to purchase their own horse!

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Thinking About A New Year’s Resolution? Five Reasons To Try Equine Therapy

Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT

Claire Dorotik-Nana LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in post-traumatic growth, leveraging adversity, and other epic human achievements. Claire has written multiple continuing education courses for Professional Development Resources, Zur Institute, and International Sport Science Association. Claire has also authored multiple books, including:
Leverage: The Science of Turning Setbacks into Springboards and On The Back Of A Horse: Harnessing The Healing Power Of The Human-Equine Bond. For more information about Leveraging Adversity or Claire, visit www.leverageadversity.net

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Dorotik-Nana, C. (2011). Thinking About A New Year’s Resolution? Five Reasons To Try Equine Therapy. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 16, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/equine-therapy/2011/12/thinking-about-a-new-year%e2%80%99s-resolution-five-reasons-to-try-equine-therapy/


Last updated: 30 Dec 2011
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Dec 2011
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