Humans and equines have a partnership that goes back millennia. There is a mystique which surrounds them. They are large, beautiful, flighty, non-judgmental, sentient beings that are willing to share themselves with us.
Horses are prey animals which means they flee from danger and find safety in a herd, therefore they dwell in the present moment. Their primary communication style is nonverbal. These powerfully social animals have evolved to be on alert to even the slightest changes in their environment.
Humans are predators; we turn to face danger and think as individuals. Horses view humans as predators. When we take time to observe horses living in herds we can learn a great deal about their social structures and group dynamics. Each horse serves a role in the hierarchy. When humans begin to understand the language of horse and are willing to pay attention to the feedback they provide, perceptual shifts can occur. At Misty, we value the importance of practicing “presence of mind” around the horses. Learning how horses utilize movement in their bodies to communicate and herd relationship patterns can teach us valuable lessons about how we see ourselves and our relationship to the world around us.
Partnering with equines provides opportunities to teach critical life skills such as trust, respect, boundaries, honesty, non-judgement and clear communication. Through authentic interactions with horses, people are able to practice heightened self-awareness. Becoming cognizant helps reveal patterns of behavior and provides us with the chance to see new possibilities. When we connect with horses our confidence increases, our senses become heightened and our ability to empathize is expanded; all contributing to creating a more holistic sense of self.