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Equine Assisted Therapy In Sedona, Arizona:
Horses Teaching People
This session is one of the most transformative experiences offered by SpiritQuest. Our expert guides will take you on a life transforming journey with horses... to a place of greater self-awareness. We provide a safe environment where our horses can freely interact with and empower you to reflect on your own behaviors, reactions, limitations and boundaries... while also assisting you in creating healthy life skills and spiritual connectedness to the world around you. No experience with horses is necessary!
Why use horses for this type of therapeutic and spiritual work? Because they are prey animals, horses are approximately seven times more sensitive to body language and subtle body energy than humans. This makes horses a perfect mirror for SpiritQuest clients. They are very sensitive to non-verbal cues and communication and respond to what messages the clients give them in the moment. These responses give the client and the equine person information that can bring awareness of current patterns and motivates change to new ones.
Sometimes a client will initially complain that the horse is stubborn, or that the horse does not like them, only to realize a few moments later that if they change their own energy, the horse responds differently! This realization -- that changing our own energy changes how the world reacts to us -- is essential to the spiritual work we do here at SpiritQuest. The horses are ideal facilitators because their responses are totally authentic and cannot be manipulated. People treat horses the way they treat people, and the same communication patterns used to gain cooperation with people are also used with horses. The difference is that horses always act the way they really feel... and people often hide their true feelings. Horses have the innate ability to sense people's true feelings and react to that energy. It is impossible to hide the human soul from the senses of the horse.
Horses are also large and powerful, which creates a natural opportunity for our clients to overcome fear and develop confidence in a safe environment. The size and power of the horse are naturally intimidating to many people. Accomplishing a task involving the horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides for wonderful metaphors when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life. Our equine-assisted therapy programs in Sedona can last anywhere from 2-7 days depending on your needs.