Connection
For Equine Assisted Learning
​* Horses are prey animals, which means that they're very aware of the smallest
changes in their environment and in others around them. This sensitivity to
changes means that horses are very in tune to the emotional cues, or micro-
expressions, given by humans, and can sense and react to the most minute of
emotional shifts that even the person themselves isn't aware of!


*   ​Horses give immediate feedback as to the emotional and mental state of the person
     that is working with them. Horses will mirror whatever the person they're working
     with is feeling - a stressed out and nervous person will soon find themselves with a
     stressed out and nervous horse on their hands!


*   Horses are genuine! They don't know how to lie. A horse's body language will
     reflect what they are feeling and thinking and they will always act honestly on what
     they are thinking and feeling. The beauty and simplicity of this is that if you change
     the position and shape in which a horse is holding itself, you can change the way it
     feels.

Why use horses?

For Therapeutic Riding

* A rider's body will make over 110 muscle adjustments per minute of riding. These adjustments
are made all over the body! Muscle groups used include core, legs, arms, shoulders, back, and
neck.

* Riders start each session by grooming and getting their horse ready for riding. This helps them
to form an emotional bond with their horse over time and develop a sense of accomplishment.

* Riding is fun and challenging! Developing muscle strength and stamina, physical coordination,
self-esteem, and concentration skills is so much easier when you're having fun!


*   Being able to control and work with a 1100 lb. horse is a fantastic thing for anyone to
     experience, particularly for those who aren't necessarily able to walk or move very well
     independently. The horse can give their rider the means to move around freely and
​     independently.