The Horses for Hope Approach
Horses are social creatures exhibiting great beauty, power and grace. The horse has the ability to mirror what humans are experiencing and feeling and they are innately able to detect anger, aggression, hostility, anxiety, calmness and kindness. A horse’s accepting nature and its ability to give immediate, objective, non-verbal feedback create an ideal experiential learning environment for clients.
The horses in the program have been carefully vetted to ensure that they pose no danger to humans. However these horses are usually in a similar position to the human participants - their sense of trust and comfort in the world has been damaged and they need help to regain it.
This makes the horses ideal for Horses for Hope’s purpose, as they engender a strong sense of empathy in our human participants. Kildonan’s Horses for Hope program teaches participants techniques based on the natural herd behaviour of horses ('horse sense') to develop a relationship with the horse based on trust, respect and non-aggressive leadership.
In order to establish a positive relationship with the horse, the client must learn to emotionally regulate internal feelings and external behaviours. This helps the client develop and strengthen their self-confidence, self-awareness, communication, interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills.
For further information contact Horses for Hope Manager Colin Emonson on (03) 5831 6157 or email email@example.com