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What Horses Teach Humans: How You See Others Can Hurt Or Empower Them

personal development and horses

Are you aware of how you see others and what you think about people while in their presence or not? Many people are of the belief that their thoughts and words are harmless. Many people take to heart the childhood rhyme that states, “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” On the other hand, many spiritual leaders have written that thoughts are things. And, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Words are alive. Cut them and they’ll bleed.”

In my experience, more people believe that even if they have and hold negative or unflattering opinions about others, no one will know if nothing is said. Well all you have to do is spend a few moments in the presence of a horse and you may come to understand nothing could be further from the truth.

Our thoughts and emotions are vibrations. They are visceral and are felt and/or sensed even without a single word being spoken. Horses are extremely sensitive to emotional frequencies. It is how they navigate and negotiate through their world.

As we become more aware of the effects our thoughts and words have on others, we develop the potential to become better communicators, more inspiring leaders and more authentic human beings. As we come to understand that our thoughts can either hurt or empower others, we become the master of our thoughts instead of letting our thoughts master us. And horses can open the way to that profound understanding.

How Humans Can Help Horses Teach Humans

Training to become a facilitator of Equine Assisted Learning is a relatively new and powerfully helpful profession. Medicine Horse Ranch/Alyssa Aubrey is the Horse Dream® USA license and training facility. Medicine Horse Ranch offers preparatory field study training programs for incorporating horses into human self-development for personal and professional growth.

The Medicine Horse Ranch programs are comprised of personal and professional development workshops that include studies in best practices/safety training, facilitation skill development, “In Hand” horsemanship training, and “Horse Sense” business coaching and development.

The goal of the Medicine Horse Ranch field studies is to prepare eligible candidates for the credentialing process. We do this by guiding our students through every phase of training to develop the confidence and skills needed to create a safe and effective learning environment to successfully serve clients. Our programs emphasize learning over time, developing competency through practice and process, group training, assessments, internships and supervised practice clients. These are the essential lessons in the nuts and bolts of setting up, promoting and sustaining a business as an ethically responsible, competent equine experiential educator/coach or therapist.

The growing interest in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) and Equine-Facilitated Learning (EFL) means increased demand for facilitator training programs. It’s important to be aware that programs vary as far as their focus and methodology, making it a very individual choice as to which programs fit a student’s current stage of learning and specific goals for the work. Which training program is the best fit depends on the type of work you want to specialize in. Selecting a training program is an investment in your future, as EFP and EFL are complex interventions that require a tremendous depth of knowledge about people and horses.

One of the most relevant things you will quickly learn when working with horses is that every thought sends out a vibratory signal that is felt. It also brings home the message of this quote I once heard but do not know to whom it is attributed. It goes like this, “You can’t hurt another without hurting yourself, nor can you help another without helping yourself.”