Why the Horses?
Naturally intimidating to many, horses are large and powerful. In a safe environment this can create an space to overcome fear and develop confidence. Working alongside a horse, in spite of those fears, creates an opportunity for insight when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
Horses being perceptive sensitive creatures, they reflect/mirror things going on in our lives. The process is not always about interacting with the team, although this will happen at times, but its rather allowing you to be with the horses, to experience, explore, problem-solve, discover, be creative, gain insight and experience practical applications of what you are learning in the moment.
With this, they start responding to us in familiar ways reminding us of other people and things in our life. It is through this they become metaphors (symbols) providing us the opportunity to work on ourselves in relation to those aspects of our lives.
Horses, as well as humans, are social creatures and with that comes a hierarchy, different dynamics and roles within the herd.
This may provide opportunity for potential parallel processes to occur for example the ‘bossy one’ in the herd might remind us of our mother, boss or neighbour? It might remind us of conflict, of times where we felt not good enough, or alone. The horse’s behaviour and herd dynamics allows the client’s metaphors to be played out and to then be in a space for the opportunity to change that script, the story,
to find new insights and life skills.