Equine Learning Experiences Australia offers a variety of programs and workshops for people with disabilities. In recent times, it has been clinically documented that just being around horses changes the brain wave patterns of humans in a positive way. We are able to be calmer, more present and focused when we are around horses. It has been found in our disability sessions that children with ADD and ADHD and can often focus for longer periods of time when participating in activities such as grooming or leading.
horses changes brain wave patterns, allowing humans to be transformed in a very positive way.
People with autism have been known to say new words (Read young Coopers story on our website) when in the presence of horses and start to express themselves in ways that therapists and parents rarely see. Once our clients are able to gain a closer understanding of how they can ask for and receive co-operation for a horse. Their confidence and self esteem increases dramatically.
Appropriate and successful interactions with horses can lead people with disabilities to find more balance in their behaviours. Horses look for the same behaviours in people as what people look for in each other. When there is consideration thoughtfulness, awareness and kindness present in a relationship between the client and the horse, which is when behaviours can start to improve. When a balance in these life skills is understood by the client , they can then draw upon these skills and apply them in other relationships in their lives.
Horses give us feedback without filters. Their only agenda is safety. A person who is consistent, respectful, congruent, compassionate, purposeful, honest, responsible, confident and able to communicate effectively – both in expressing and listening, is considered by a horse to be safe. Horses are non judgemental and will show us what we need to know and learn to develop these qualities. In fact, these are the very same qualities that humans look for in colleagues, leaders, peers and personal relationships.