Horses Interacting with Humans.
- Horses respond only in the present moment and provide instant non-judgmental feedback in a non-threatening manner based on how congruent you are in every moment. They show you what actions, behaviours and attitudes work for or against you, offering opportunities to experiment and recalibrate your way of being or leadership style on a moment by moment basis, in a variety of situations. The results are extraordinary; you learn exactly what you most need to learn which easily translates into every aspect of your life. The outcomes are immediately effective and sustainable.
- Being in the presence of a horse inspires a heightened state of awareness. These intelligent, sensitive creatures respond to both positive and negative changes in the human’s behaviour, offering people constant feedback and timely rewards or consequences for their actions.
- When you interact with your horse he is paying attention to your body as if it were another horse and as such are highly sensitive to subtle energetic signals in human body language. They only interact willingly with humans when our actions, words and thoughts are aligned with what we are feeling.
- Horses only know what it is to be congruent. In the herd they respond in the moment to what the situation is. If the human is incongruent, it might then confuse the horse who will as a result just simply become uncooperative. This is actually what happens in all humans interactions too. However horses, unlike humans, will not ‘pretend’ to engage with individuals when their actions or behaviours are inauthentic or incongruent. . What you think you are communicating is much less important than what you are unconsciously communicating through your heart rate, muscle tension, breathing and the various emotions that cause physiological responses to rise and fall.
- Horses, especially those who haven’t been traumatized by abusive human handling, are models of emotional agility. They: 1.) Feel the emotion in its purest form. 2.) Get the message behind the emotion. 3.) Change something in response to the message. 4.) Go back to grazing. Using this method humans can learn to deal efficiently and effectively with interpersonal challenges and challenging situations—and then “go back to grazing.” (In other words, don’t hang onto the story, endlessly ruminating over the details of uncomfortable situations.)