We often get asked why we believe horses are the vessel through which so much positive learning can occur. Basically, why did we pick horses? For people who may only know or understand horses through cowboy movies or popular culture references, education through horses may seem like a strange concept. The fact of the matter is, horses are much more sensitive and intelligent creatures than they are often given credit for.
- Horses let us be ourselves.
- Horses don’t set standards.
- Horses empower us.
- Horses help us feel connected.
- Horses help us be cooperative.
- Horses allow us to care.
- Horses help us to feel part of something greater than ourselves.
- Horses help us live in the present and just “be”.
- Horses help us live from the heart.
The point of the article was that horses allow us to be human and connect with the heart of what really drives us. This is a valid point and an article worth the entire read, but it also connects back to why we do what we do at HorseDream Canada. The HorseDream Canada World Tours were created with the knowledge that equine assisted learning is valuable because of how much knowledge horses hold. Most of the reasons listed are also transferable skills that help improve one’s life both personally and professionally.
For example, by “letting us be ourselves” and live in the present, a horse reflects our strengths and weaknesses back upon ourselves. This is a powerful learning experience that can be used to strengthen areas in which we need improvement. Through these qualities that the horse possesses, we are able to learn a lot about the qualities we possess too.