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How to Benefit from Equine Therapy

Equine therapy is a form of experiential learning in which an individual learns by riding a horse. Here are ways that you can benefit from interacting with a horse.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Increase your confidence Increase your self confidence. When you learn that you can control a horse that weights 1000 pounds, you will increasingly take control of other aspects of your life.
  • Step 2: Improve your interpersonal skills Improve your interpersonal skills. Horses offer unconditional love to their riders. This serves as a stepping stone toward helping you feel better about yourself and others.
  • TIP: Learning to trust a horse often leads to increased trust in other people.
  • Step 3: Improve your sensitivity to non-verbal cues Improve your sensitivity to non-verbal communication cues. By becoming sensitive to the horse's response to non-verbal communication, you will develop a greater awareness of how these cues play a role in your interactions with other people.
  • Step 4: Become more extroverted Become more extroverted. Grooming and caring for a horse is a great way to redirect your attention and interests outwardly.
  • Step 5: Become more assertive Become more assertive. Riding a horse requires you to be assertive while giving directions. This skill carries over into other relationships.
  • FACT: Modern equine therapy has its roots in the experiential movement therapy of the 1970s.

You Will Need

  • Horse

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