Riding with Confidence
There are many physiological and psychological benefits documented in people during interactions with horses.
Psychologically, horses have the ability to mirror exactly what human body language is telling them. Many people will complain, "The horse is stubborn. The horse doesn’t like me," etc. But the lesson to be learned is that if they change themselves, the horses respond differently. Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers.
Physically, people are documented to lower blood pressure and heart rate, increase beta-endorphin levels, decrease stress levels, reduce feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, improve social functioning, and increase feelings of empowerment, trust, patience and self-esteem.
So many muscles are worked by riding a horse that many therapeutic riding programs utilize equine therapy to help those who suffer from spinal injuries or disorders to regain muscle tone and strength. The natural motion of the horses’ movement mimics the motion of walking and helps to rebuild muscle that is needed to regain strength and muscle tone. Some believe that the horse does all the work but it takes balance and control to stay firmly seated. Riders learn to control their movements and move with the horse and build muscle at the same time. Thus learning to control a 1000lb animal gives one the feeling of power and control. It is an amazing transformation that one undergoes as confidence is built and communication is established an amazing transformation occurs.
Harmony & Communication:
Equus is a masterpiece of subtleties in motion, which was created by horses and is utilized by humans in communicating with both horses and other people. It is a powerful and effective tool that has improved the world of communication greatly. Up to 93% of Equine communication is nonverbal…Body language usually prevails over words. The key to enjoying a great working relationship with your horse begins with understanding the behavior and language of the horse.
The emotions of a sentient being like the horse are reflected by the emotions of their rider. Promoting a partnership between horse and rider is our number one goal. We develop a line of communication by translating horse behavior to the rider and helping the two come to an understanding.
Riders learn to ride as if the reins are attached to their hearts.