Equine Facilitated Learning - Why horses?
By working with horses and joining their herd, we benefit in invaluable ways.
Horses are nonjudgmental and highly discerning prey animals with much to teach us about acceptance and the value of trusting our intuition. Their survival depends on their “sixth sense”, hence they interpret and respond to subtle changes in breathing, muscle tension, hormones, and the arousal level of other horses and predators – an ability which they naturally apply to humans.
Horses demand that we stay heart-centered. The heart is much more than a mechanical pump. It is an intelligent organ of perception. It holds great power and potential for aligning us with divine guidance and information that most humans don’t recognize or utilize in their decision making.
“The heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body. The electrical field as measured in an electrocardiogram (ECG) is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the brain waves recorded in an electroencephalogram (EEG),” Rollin McCraty, Ph.D. explains in The Energetic Heart. Studies at the Institute of HeartMath show this powerful electromagnetic field can be detected and measured several feet away from a person’s body.
By being around horses, we develop non-verbal communication skills. Horses teach us about emotional agility, the ability to flow with our emotions or energy in motion, and emotional-acuity, the ability to use emotions as information. Psychoneuroimmunology researchers have discovered that neuropeptides, molecules carrying emotional information, are generated not only in the brain, but most dramatically in the heart and the gut. Our gut feelings are not a metaphor.
Working with horses, we:
“It’s been clinically proven that just being in the vicinity of horses changes our brainwave patterns. They have a calming effect which helps stop people from becoming fixated on past or negative events—giving them a real positive experience.”
"By learning to locate consciousness in the heart, we can begin to know the world – animal, mineral, and human – in a way that is long forgotten but most natural to us. Heart cognition moves us from a rational orientation in a dead, mechanized universe to one in which the unique perceptions and emotions are noticed and strengthened…to deeply experience the living soulfulness of the world constantly reweaving us back into the fabric of life.” - Stephen Buhner
As prey animals, horses “retain a vital connection to instinct and nature while also being associated mythically with a strong sixth-sense and the ability to carry riders between this world and the other." - Linda Kohanov
Our Guiding Philosophy
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