The Importance of Timing

We communicate with a horse by using a corridor of pressures that suggest the shape, the pace, and the direction we want the horse to take. Removing a pressure is the horse’s "reward." It is the way we communicate to the horse, "Yes! That’s right." If your timing is off when you either apply a pressure or remove it, your communication becomes garbled. The horse will not make a clear connection between a particular pressure or corridor of pressures and the response you expect from him.

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Horses as Therapy

They’ve long been a symbol of peace and harmony with nature. They are known for their sociable, nurturing personalities, and their capacity for empathy. So it’s perhaps not surprising that doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists and other professionals agree that horses can help patients with a wide range of physical and mental health issues to experience themselves in a different way.

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