I tried horse therapy and it changed my life-this is what I learned
Last month, I learned about the healing power of horses through equestrian therapy activities Miraval Austin Called common ground.My sister and I were arranged to participate in the obstacle course of the resort, but the forecast was raining, we decided to try Something unique Cooler. While browsing the options, the Equine activity caught my attention.I have had only one experience with horses in my life-an almost traumatic experience with a particularly lively horse-when I read that this experience will pique my interest Not Installed. Described as follows:
Experience the power of nonverbal communication and how it affects your ability to lead yourself and others. In this uninstalled activity, you will ride a horse around the pen, a tool for communication, collaboration and creativity without speaking or touching. The insights and skills you discover may apply equally to personal and professional relationships.
I turned to my sister and said, “We can always do an obstacle course again, but how many times have we had the opportunity to interact with horses in this capacity?” We were all sold, but none of us expected this experience to be How exciting and wonderful.
We shuttled to the farm opposite the hotel, our therapist and guide Paula Basden, and the equestrian expert from Miraval Austin called our group of five people to discuss the next experience. She explained what our time on the field would look like: 20 minutes to contact the horses and have them move in various ways, all through nonverbal communication.
Equine therapy is to show your horse what you want them to do without saying a word. Horses absorb energy and instincts, and if you are dishonest or intentional about what you want, they will disconnect.
I am very nervous. Nonverbal communication with an 800-pound horse in a closed space makes me feel small, but it turns out that horses tend to be more scared. When I walked into the arena, my horse Pepper immediately fell to the dirt and began to roll around. Paula smiled and turned to me, “Well, this is so cute. She feels safe with you. Falling to the ground is extremely vulnerable, because a horse needs a lot of effort to stand up and avoid danger. She feels safe.”
Since then, I have been conquered by emotions. When I burst into tears, Pepper came to hug me directly. I have never been so close to an unridden horse, and I can see that Pepper can see that I am in a vulnerable situation. To be honest, Pepper approached and hugged me. When I was not sure, she kept her distance.
In one of them, Paula asked me what I was thinking. I said, “I was thinking about Pepper, how is she? I am a stranger in her space. Is she scared? Is she nervous? My body, what should I do with my hands?”
Paula said: “You are the host of many people’s emotions in the space, aren’t you? You always want to know and worry about the performance of other people.”
In fact, she was totally talking about the point.Paula encouraged me to think about how I The feeling at the moment-considering my own needs.what Have done I need? After a while, I realized that no one had actually asked me this question before. I come from a long lineage of “repairer” and “questioner”, so I am glad to hear.
“I really want to connect with the horse-a hug.”
Paula asked me to close my eyes and think about it. I let them close for about 20-30 seconds, and when I looked up, Pepper stood beside me waiting for a hug. I didn’t even hear her approaching, but I could feel her.
My time with Paula and Pepper was really special. I realized: almost everyone will learn something in the arena. However, what you do while studying outside the arena will have the greatest impact on your life.
If you are interested in trying equestrian therapy, our guide Paula shared her experience of horse healing power.
How did you get into equine therapy?
After a long career as a childbirth nurse, I began to realize how new mothers work hard to thrive. They only survive by solving physical and emotional health problems, but they know little or nothing about how to solve their emotional, mental, and mental health problems. When I help them pay attention to and solve their needs in these areas, their overall health has improved, but more importantly, their ability to thrive and fulfill their lives has greatly improved. I have been a horse lover all my life (read: horse nuts), so I found a career that can help people live more fully through a relationship with horses. I was fascinated. Then I went through the certification and training process.
Who is the best candidate for equine therapy?
There are no prerequisites, but I want to say that the best candidate is just someone who is curious about how they behave in their relationships with themselves and other people. I have worked with customers who have no experience in riding at all, customers who have been riding for a lifetime, and customers in between.
Equine therapy is suitable for anyone who is willing to change their perception of the way they appear in their lives.
It takes a lot of courage to be willing to see what we don’t want to feel and how it affects our relationships. Compared with many other treatments, horses help us find courage in a less threatening way. The horse has no judgment, so this is a safe place that feels fragile. Working with horses involves a relationship in which emotions arise. How we deal with these emotions is usually based on the survival patterns we learn-these patterns keep us from being hurt emotionally or physically. Unfortunately, the patterns that kept us safe in the first place often become obstacles to establishing relationships in adult life.
Ma helps us see that the stories we tell ourselves do not have to define our lives.
What does the equine therapy course include? How often do people do this?
Equine therapy can be a one-time experience or a series of continuous treatments, depending on the client’s intentions and the work they are trying to do. It can be done by a host and a horse in a ratio of 1:1, or it can be done in a group, everyone has their own benefits. Even a one-off meeting can open up a space that customers have closed for years, or just make them admit that what they think is hidden is actually the world they live in. Group meetings can help understand how others face challenges in understanding their actual thoughts and feelings in relationships, and allow all of us to simply be humans.
Several meetings with a well-trained therapist/coordinator—usually once a week for several weeks—can give clients a deeper understanding of their inner world. Equine therapy is a good auxiliary method for those who are engaged in traditional therapies. In usual talk therapy, one or two conversations with a horse can usually be equal to several times, because the horse helps us to feel the way out instead of thinking about the way out.
How can equine therapy help?
Equine therapy is just a way to improve self-awareness. Emotion and cognition, undefined and unexplored, drive every decision you make. As an adult, you either learn to understand yourself better, or work harder on any behavior you find that helps you not feel it. When you do this—when you become better at not feeling—you not only cause more pain and torment not only to yourself but to those around you.
Working with a horse can help you see that viewing your reactions can actually give you more autonomy in life, which will always lead to better mental health.
We call it self-regulation-the ability to manage our emotions when they occur, rather than being controlled by them. Using our thinking brain instead of the survival brain to cope with life allows us to make healthier choices and play a better role in interpersonal relationships. It can help solve any type of addiction, depression, anxiety, inability to establish healthy boundaries, and challenges in relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. The hard parts of our lives don’t have to be the scenery we live in. We can elevate the darkness of our lives (we all have it) as a catalyst to become heroes in our own stories.
Are there specific conditions that respond particularly well to equine therapy?
Equine therapy can be used for various mental health conditions. Some programs specifically target drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. When I talk about mental health, I don’t just talk about people who have a specific diagnosis. Anyone struggling with symptoms that they seem to be unable to get rid of can get help by working with horses.
Covid has proven to us that everyone has a part to pay attention to, which is beyond what we can see with our eyes or measure with a blood pressure cuff. We need to get in touch-I think we already crave it, even before the coronavirus outbreak. Connection is where we find meaning and purpose. why? Because these mental health challenges can usually be traced back to our feelings and thoughts, and we as human beings have earned a PhD. Without knowing our feelings and thoughts.
How about team building?
In the context of our work and life, horse work excels in team building and leadership. I believe that the pursuit of leadership and the best role in the team requires the pursuit of ultimate growth…We must be willing to work with the people who appear in this pursuit.
Leadership needs to really penetrate into the chaos of our lives. This work goes beyond the reasons for what you do, and it often points directly to who you are. This is a valuable insight when you lead a team or a member of it.
How much does equestrian treatment cost?
Outside of Miraval, the cost of equine therapy ranges from US$150 to US$200 each time (maybe higher). Cost has always been a challenge in the past, but as it has now become an acceptable form of treatment recognized by the insurance industry, this challenge is diminishing. In some places, customers can now get one, two or more sessions. Some centers may have grants or subsidized courses to make these courses easier for groups that cannot afford them. When I work in a treatment center, it is included in the treatment. In addition, non-profit centers that deal with people who need but cannot afford mental health treatment are adding equine therapy to their treatment modalities.
Common ground: Effectively communicated self-led horse therapy sessions cost $105 and are available in all three Miraval Resort location.