Like humans, horses are social animals with defined roles within their herds. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods. At times they seem stubborn and defiant. They like to have fun. An approach that works with one horse won’t necessarily work with another. In other words, horses provide vast opportunities for learning about ourselves.
As prey animals, horses have a finely tuned ability to detect changes in their environment and react instantly to those changes. They are highly adept at reading nonverbal cues and mirroring body language. Horses are honest, always present in the moment, and masters at reading their environment and the body language of creatures around them.
There is a growing body of research that demonstrates the effectiveness of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. Click the button below to see EAGALA's research summary.