The role of the horse in human life is changing. Horses are no longer needed for transportation, or for military. Their role is no longer limited to sport or recreation.
As various forms of equine-assisted therapy and coaching become popular and mainstream, we are becoming more interested in the horse for what they can teach us about ourselves.
But how do they teach us, how do we learn from them?
Perhaps because of the horse’s sensitivity, an idea has spread that the horse is a mirror of the person working with them. That the horse in front of us will display outwardly the emotions we feel on the inside.
I want to argue against this idea, because I believe that thinking of the horse as a mirror limits how we see the horse and what we can learn.
Watch the video below and then tell me what you think, is the horse a mirror?
In the coming weeks, we will be exploring the horse and human relationship during the Online Liberty Workshop that begins Tuesday. The workshop is led by Andrea Wady, and is completely free. (The workshop introduces a new course that will begin after.)