Behavioral Health & Wellness
Behavioral Health & Wellness Program
Ages 6 - 60
Human emotions can often be complicated and challenging, and for many people, they can be difficult to identify, name, or even feel. If you don’t know what you’re feeling, what it’s called or why you’re feeling it, having healthy relationships with others becomes problematic. All emotions have a component of physical energy. There are basically three outlets for this energy. It can be expressed, acted out, or acted in. To grow into a healthy, functioning adult member of society, a child must learn by example to feel, identify by name, and express simple to complex emotions. By the time they reach high school, teenagers who have not been taught to identify and express their feelings are left with only two alternatives to handle the powerful energy that is created by human emotions. They can act out their feelings or they can act them in. Certain acted-out emotions can manifest themselves in violence, crime, and unwanted pregnancy. Acted-in emotions can result in depression, addiction, drug abuse, and suicide.
Even though they may lack any knowledge of equine behavior, many humans with certain types of emotional damage, experience positive feelings of familiarity as they unconsciously identify with the two primary equine survival traits of hypervigilance and herd-dynamic-based social skills. These shared traits and interspecies identification can create mutual feelings of safety, acceptance, and compassion for both human and horse. In turn this identification can lead a person to the self-awareness necessary for healing their emotional wounds. The core of many of these emotional wounds often originates either in a past trauma or from one’s damaged feelings of self worth. The populations that most often suffer from these wounds are troubled teens.
For humans of any age, horses are unrelenting mirrors reflecting one’s true nature, belief systems, and life coping skills-all with razor-sharp accuracy. By observing a person’s body language, they can communicate using their body language, exactly what that person is thinking and feeling… and they always tell the truth. Being with a horse compels one to acknowledge who they really are, not who they’d prefer to be for others. It is only by seeing and accepting one’s true self that a person can begin to heal their emotional wounds. If you don’t know that you, your attitude, or your behavior is the problem, then you need someone or something to show that to you. To change, you must see it, hear it, and accept it with a hundred percent certainty without feeling judged, criticized, or shamed. Amazingly, this occurs when one interacts with a horse. Today this unique natural ability of the horse has made equine assisted learning the fastest-growing and most effective technique in the emotional rehabilitation of humans. Horses don’t care who you are, what you’ve done, or what you believe. They care only about how you behave with them. This enables them to give unconditional acceptance to a troubled individual who is revealing his or her true self. This acceptance creates a feeling of self-worth, which can often be hard to obtain with the typical rehabilitation methods of traditional psychotherapy and/or prescription drugs.
To think that millions of emotionally wounded individuals can get a second chance at a healthy and meaningful life is heartwarming. The idea that this can be achieved from a breakthrough in self-awareness that occurred from simply interacting with a horse is extraordinary. For more information on how we can help, please call us today, we would love to share with you our passion for working with those who want to heal and move forward in their lives.
Note: All work is done on the ground, and no previous horse experience is needed.
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