“Can working with the horses really help change things?”
This is one of the questions that people normally ask us that makes me smile. It is because I know, personally, that learning how to be in partnership with horses has not only changed my life, but saved it.
Every day I watch miracles happen between the interaction our clients have with our horses and our staff. It is hard at times to put into words the amazing power that building a friendship and relationship with horses can do to help us. Through learning how to build a relationship with another being in real time, it opens a doorway for us to make sense of the pain of our past and bring us into what we truly want from the present moment in ourselves and those around us. We are all searching for connection, but often times, the fears of possible pain that those connections might bring keeps us from reaching out for them. The work of Equine Partnered Psychotherapy creates a safe place for clients to work through those feelings and develop the skills and confidence they need to live and love their life fully.
Recently, we just had a young man “graduate” from our Unbridled Healing Program. When he started with us, he was stuck in the cycle of holding on to past pains as a shield to preventing any future pain. Over the past 6 months, we had the pleasure of joining this young man on part of his healing journey. He shifted to learning how to take responsibility for himself and his actions. He also learned that he had the power to change the way he felt, interacted with the world, and that “life” doesn’t have to control him. He was willing to work with our team of staff and horses and did some deep healing and growth. On his last day, he wrote a goodbye letter to his “relationship” horse, Peppy.
You are a great friend. You helped me with everything I needed, and you didn’t just give them to me. You actually made me earn it, and that I greatly appreciate, so I give you great props and rate you 5 out of 5 stars…
PS. I think you’re the coolest horse here, but don’t tell the other horses, have a great Christmas and a happy new year.”
So, can working with horses really help people change and believe in themselves? Yes, it can! If you are struggling to bring the changes you are looking to into your life we would love to see is one of our programs could support your healing too.
Sending light and love on your journey – Michelle