-Develop personal awareness -Unique learning opportunity -Reduces Stress -Impact of body language -Confidence & Self belief -Leadership -Reflects emotions -Free from judgement -Healing opportunity
Develops personal skills Through scientific studies as well as documented experience skills such as; leadership, confidence, self-esteem, communication, developing partnerships, awareness of emotions and behaviours, understanding body language, cognition through learning, adaptability, problem solving, decision making, and empathy are just a few of the personal skills that can be improved through working with a horse.
Unique learning opportunity Almost all situations in life provide are a platform for learning, some greater than others. We are all different and therefore all learn in different ways. For some of us we learn better through theory, for others we learn more easily through hands on practical experience. Equi-Life Coaching combines different learning styles in order for clients to gain the best results. Beyond this though, our coaching provides clients with the opportunity to do something they perhaps have never done before as well as using four-legged coaches (the horse) to provide a completely unique environment to learn.
Reduces stress Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone and chemical in the body. Research shows that human-horse interactions are proven to raise oxytocin levels in the blood which lowers heart rate and reduces the production of cortisol, a stress hormone. Lowering stress can improve sleep, boost the immune system, aid weight loss, lower blood pressure leading to a healthier heart and increase life span. Forming a bond with an equine friend can further improve stress levels through the reduction of physiological characteristics such as lowering blood pressure, respiratory rate, anxiety, depression and tension.
Awareness and the impact of body language The horse is an excellent teacher of the impact of our body language and can improve our awareness significantly. How this works is a consequence of horses being herd and prey animals which allows them to identify subtle changes in the body language of those around them. Through working with the horse you will learn and observe how the way you carry yourself, direct your attention, move your body, and respond to situations influences the horse and how the same principles apply to all other areas of your life.
Improves confidence and leadership The reasons for why working with horses can greatly improves confidence are quite simple. Horses are naturally herd and prey animals; they are flight animals and therefore use their senses in order to survive. For this reason when humans demonstrate incongruent behaviours the horse will react giving the person the skills to develop self awareness. Seeing themselves then provides the opportunity for growth and learning about what is happening in the moment and therefore the can gain valuable insight into their inner workings. With this knowledge the person has the awareness to be able to make the changes they desire and put these into place, practiced the then have the confidence follow their lead.
Reflects emotions Horse people worldwide corroborate that horses mirror human emotion. This long standing belief among those who have worked with horses has only recently begun to be scientifically researched and measured, but reports confirm that horses can and do reflect human emotion. Horses are naturally prey animals that have roamed this earth millions of years. Consequently, their instincts are extremely strong even after thousands of years of domestication. The definition of intuition is the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. Intuition and the ability to sense different emotion frequencies is precisely one of the horses most finely tuned instincts and has been deeply ingrained due to the nature of being prey animals. In order to survive a horse does not have to understand the “why’s” for everything around them. They only need to be present in the moment, be highly attuned to stress and body language, and have the ability to instantly assess whether or not there is a threat. It is these instincts that allow a horse to reflect human emotion. For example, a horse will naturally move away from an angry or impatient person, follow a calm or confident person, and be unsettled around a fearful person. By seeing how a horse reacts to us in different situations we are able to understand our inner state, pick up subtle and sometimes unnoticed changes in our emotions, and work on changing our own reactions, thus improving the reciprocated behaviours of those around us.
Free from judgement How is it possible that a horse can be put in a round yard and one person can have it walk, trot and canter at liberty with ease, and yet if you put a different person in the yard they may not be able to get the horse to even move? It isn’t because the horse is judging what they are wearing, the language they speak, where they come from, or what size they are. The horse is merely responding to the presence, confidence, and emotional state of each person. This means we are able to discover more about ourselves based purely on fact and not opinion and free from judgement.
Healing Opportunity This is an opportunity to trust and believe in something other than what we know or see, to allow the horse to guide you and your process of healing and to gently and sensitively have them be their for you in ways you cannot image. Relax, unwind and just be in the presence of an amazing and beautiful creature, the horse. Let the healing begin!