Why Horses?

Why Horses?

Why horses?

Like people, horses are herd-oriented (relationships) and have distinct roles within that herd. Horses are also prey animals and are distinctly aware of their surroundings. It is this characteristic that keeps them safe, helps them interact with other horses, and causes them to be excellent co-therapists. The majority of human interaction is non-verbal. Horses read this 93% of human behavior with impeccable accuracy. Most importantly, horses live in a behavior-based society.


A horse’s entire perception of a person is behavior-based. Words are not important to the horse but only the person’s body language, methods of coping, and approach. Working with horses brings the client into this behavior-based society and subsequently transfers over into other areas of the client’s life. The nature of the horse and its ability to experience a wide range of human emotions creates an instant horse/human connection and the opportunity for life-changing metaphor.

Imagine the consequences of a client recognizing and implementing a behavior-based approach to life…

  • What if your family’s perception of you was entirely behavior-based?
  • What if your spouse’s perception of you was entirely behavior-based?
  • Would my spouse know I love them based just on my behavior?
  • Would my children?

The nature of horse/human interaction requires that a person evaluate their own behavior and choose behaviors that produce the wanted responses from the horse. This interaction empowers clients to quickly learn the powerful principle that “in changing myself I can change and improve my environment.”

Next: “Benefits of Equine Therapy”