As prey animals, horses respond to nonverbal messages, even unconscious ones, and their responses often remind clients of their goals, personal challenges, or relationships with themselves and others. This provides a safe environment to work through those relationships, where the horses only change when we do.
Humans have long recognized the unique power of horses’ intuition and have been studying it for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the last century that they began developing theories about equine-assisted therapies. Many people respond well to traditional talk therapy, but some gain insight by doing along with talking. Add to that the unique intuitive power of horses providing non-judgmental feedback, and clients report healing can happen much quicker with equine-assisted psychotherapy than with traditional therapeutic modalities.