2.17.14 Tip of the Week

body-languageTiny things – the tone of your voice, the exact words you use as you go through otherwise ordinary events – communicate volumes.

For many dealing with mental health issues the tiny things can become insurmountable. The hyper-vigilance of those with PTSD and other anxiety disorders may meanSad Little boy 2 that they mis-read things and see unintentional threats. While those on the autism spectrum may not pick up on very clear cues from others. Or, they may be extremely sensitive to any changes in the environment and over-react.

Because horses are ‘prey’ animals they offer a unique opportunity to teach about sensitivity.

For those who may be overly anxious we work on helping them to build and improve coping skills, pointing out that if they are worried, they may worry their horse.

P1050004For those who are not ‘tuned in’ to the subtleties of body language or don’t understand things that are not concrete, we may work on understanding how horses think and introduce the concept of ‘levels of pressure’ which can help regulate how we interact with others.

We are here to help with whateve social, emotional or behavioral issues you may be dealing with. Call or email and we will schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about the challenges you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

Married couples who display sensitivity in communication – who recognize the power of subtle changes in demeanor  – rate their satisfaction 17% higher than couples who do not.                                                   Notarius 1996


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