Why do we bring horses into our health programmes? Because horses provide a vital opportunity to overcome our blocks to moving forwards.
Once we’ve worked with out clients to address the underlying beliefs and environment that created their dis-ease, we also need to address what keeps them stuck, how they want to move forwards and what their idea of success looks like.
The horses are very good at picking up the more subtle reasons why we stay stuck, offer a safe and non-judgemental space to expand their skillset in and encourage and reward people to address their issues.
Though it may sound intimidating to look at our deepest fears, due to the very safe environment we create, it isn’t. Together, the horses and I encourage you to be honest with they way you are feeling and support you where necessary to be ok with that.
Through building up a relationship with the horses and stretching our comfort zone bit by bit, we can learn to be ok with experiences such as fear and uncertainty and manage ourselves so we don’t ask too much, yet give ourselves and opportunity to exceed expectations and flourish.
Often those that have been sick for a long time have lost confidence in themselves and find it easy to revert back to old patterns when things get tough. The horses and I encourage them to try out a new approach based on courage, trust, faith, advocacy and self-belief. Invariably they succeed and set a new benchmark of what they are capable of.
This then manifests into their day to day life, showing up as a greater willingness to try new things, improved self-awareness and self-management, and setting realistic goals and outcomes. This results in better energy management, clearer communication with others and higher probabilities of success.
In addition, the horses give individuals feedback through their behaviour. The horses might plant their feet and encourage the participany to slow down and be patient or be restless to encourage them to get going and stop being so cautious! Through their ability to assess the needs of each participant and what is required to bring them back to balance, my experience is the horses are able to give accurate insight into what qualities are required to bring about inner harmony.
There is much much more that the horses do, in a such a short space of time, but this is enough of an insight at present.
And what of today’s client? Well she learnt that if she experiences fear she doesn’t have to be held back by it, that her priorities now are being loving and kind to herself and “Be me”. Her chosen pony walked effortlessly along her journey with her, quietly, supportively and quite content demonstrating both that it can be done, and she already has all the resources she needs to make it happen.
And that is why we work with the horses, because we couldn’t have got that outcome, any other way.
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