Healing with Horses
By: Andria Creighton
There are many ways to begin healing with the help of horses. My way of healing is to have my own small herd and care for them and just “be” around these powerful yet gentle beings. I am only beginning to learn why I must have horses in my daily life. I am still not able to fully verbalize why horses mean so much to me. I love all animals, but horses are my favorite. They bring a peace and calm over me.
Horses can help people with PTSD and trauma. From the ground and with a facilitator, people can work through their problems. There are facilitators that work with horses to help people learn better leadership skills. Working again from the ground, people can easily witness where they miss the mark in their leadership style. Horses act as a mirror and reflect back to the person.
Horses are highly sensitive beings. They can sense the slightest change in their environment. They are experts at picking up people’s emotions as well. They are uncomfortable around a person who outwardly displays one emotion, but is really feeling a much different emotion on the inside. That is why they are such effective healers. They can pick up on the incongruency being displayed by the person.
Horses are used to help the physically and mentally disabled. There are many cases where an autistic child will begin to have speech after spending time with horses. People can learn better balance while spending time in the saddle. This can transfer to the way they mobilize their own bodies on the ground.
I have been a participant in a few retreat/workshop experiences with horses. One of my most profound experiences was at a Reiki retreat with horses. My question to the horses was: “what do I need on my journey as a healer?” I directed the question to a certain horse in the herd. The facilitator said that we may not get the answer from the horse we asked, but the answer might come from another horse. As we all sat with the herd waiting for our answers, all of a sudden in my mind’s eye the answer to my question floated above a horse that I did not pose the question. The answer written above the mare in big block letters was PATIENCE.
We humans built our civilization on the back of the Horse. I believe that we are shifting into a new paradigm. The horses still want to partner with us, but not as a beast of burden. With their centeredness and ability to always return to a “grazing” mode; we have much to learn from these magnificent animals.