The horse is an extraordinary creature, an animal that has always fascinated
the collective imagination through myths and legends and its charm and
magnetism remained intact throughout the centuries.
As a psychologist I strongly believe in the therapeutic and educational role
of the horse, especially in all those cases of low self-esteem, relationship
problems, stress, anxiety, depression, hyperactivity.
We live in a world increasingly dominated by control and performance, a
world in which we are constantly evaluated and judged and where we have to
maintain strict control over our emotions doing our best to appear perfect.
The horse helps us recover our spontaneity and authenticity.
The horse embodies our most instinctive and emotional essence, which must
find a harmonious balance with the rational and controlling part of our
The horse doesn't judge us and next to him we can learn to communicate by
opening all our senses, learning to stay in the present moment. In these
moments, we experience each other, we smell each other, we listen to each
other, we establish deep physical contact, we let go of our defenses and we
become more aware of our body and our expressive abilities.
With a horse there are no masks: we can try to hide, but he is incredibly
skilled at putting us in front of our fears and weaknesses.
The physical contact with the horse reminds us of the importance of a
relationship of closeness with others, which is fundamental for our
emotional well-being and the nourishment of human relationships.
The relationship with the horse improves our self-esteem as well as the
trust that we have in ourselves and in our relational skills and it leaves
no room for selfishness or egocentrism teaching us the importance of a deep
connection based on mutual listening.
The horse teaches us respect, generosity and naturalness. The horse is there
because of who we are, not what we show.