4 thoughts on “Can Equine Therapy Help You Learn To Listen?

  • April 16, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I completely agree with all benefits of equine therapy. Horses are very astute when it comes to body language, both with people and with other animals.
    The 25 yrs I had horses were the best years of my life. Riding is similar to meditation. There is only yourself and the horse and the environment, including billy goats, dead cardboard boxes and a sack of dead fish as well as becoming a centaur and seeing a flock of bluebirds.
    My first horse was a challenge quite a bit of the time but we learned a lot from one another. Your words about being tense reminded me of a day I had with my Arabian mare. She would not cross a sidewalk until I turned ourselves around, calmed down and tried it again. Then no problem.
    Those two gave me eternal gifts. Since I got that first horse “late” in life (at 19), I made sure others would learn about horses. They were almost bomb proof (Billy Goat smell excepted with the mare). The stories and memories, shaded with pain, will be with me forever.
    Now, without the money to ever have another horse, I still want to give. I gave my Steubben saddle to Three Gaits in Oregon Wisconsin and my Tex Tan Balanced Ride Roping saddle to Stable Life in Westfield Wisconsin. Those will last forever. I have never regretted it.

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  • September 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more on the effects equine assisted learning has on ones listening abilities. I learned this early on in my training with horses at a facility in Phoenix, AZ (Horses Help) where an accomplished horse trainer instructor taught us the first steps in learning to listen to the horse. He had all of us new learners sit in a giant circle of chairs with enough space between the chairs for each of us to sit in the chair and hold the lead rope to the horse as the horse stood next to our chair. He taught us how to sit in the chair and calm ourselves to hear better what our horse was saying to us. Our calmness and less tense body is what the horse was listening to and reading.

    He then asked us to stand up next to our horse, as we did it was very noticeable that one man’s horse was very nervous and agitated. The instructor commented that the reason the horse was acting that was because the man ‘s body language and demeanor was that way and the horse was reading this from him so the horse was behaving the same as the man. Our instructor asked the man if he was uptight or anxious about something and the man acknowledged he was so the instructor had him sit down and relax. As the man relaxed and got the thoughts out of his head we could notice the horse become calm and relaxed. I learned alot that day from our instructor and most of all I experienced how a horse can make us better listeners, all because the horse is a great listener and reader of our our slightest of non verbal behaviors.

    As I continued in my training to become a side walker, coach and horse lead for the sensory trail it became clear to me, I was becoming a better listener where the horse was teaching me to listen. Horses are among the smartest animals and it is clear horses pull out of us the ability to listen better, I have learned alot from a horse. that as I become a better listener

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  • December 10, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I personally can relate to this article. Whenever I ride my horse, I feel happy and all of my worries leave my body. I completely agree with the benefits of equine therapy and believe that they can heal people with an array of problems. I really enjoyed reading this article and learning new things about equine therapy I didn’t not know.

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