"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." Winston Churchill
We are naturally drawn to horses because of their majestic presence, beauty, elegance, and inquisitive minds. There is a feeling of connection when they choose to walk towards us, this is like no other feeling, gently tapping into our emotions which rest just below the surface of the skin.
Horses are prey animals, they are constantly in a state of red alert, checking out the environment, using all their senses to draw on what is happening or what is about to happen. This can be compared to someone who has experienced trauma at whatever level, they transform from predator instincts to those similar to that of prey, feeling vulnerable and unsafe. During EFL sessions horses just need to be themselves, they are non- judgemental and will pick up on the energies presented to them, and the body language of creatures around them. Through observing their behaviour and picking up on subtle cues the facilitator checks in with the client on their perception of what is happening.