To put into words how horses help people heal can be somewhat difficult. It is very much about the relationship with the horse and human and their interactions of thoughts, emotions, and energies that bring about therapeutic shifts for clients. To be able to explain it scientifically is like trying to explain something like “love” in a scientific way. With that said there are books and research that show how the horse’s brain works, how the human’s brain works and how the two of them can work together to help create healing changes and shifts in both horse and human.
Two very prominent organizations that specialize in equine –assisted therapy are Eagala and Path Intl. These organizations have been developing and supporting equine assisted therapy for over 40 years. Following is information pulled from their websites to help people better understand “why horses.”