Skip to main content

 

Coming in the Spring of 2018

 

EQUINE FACILITATED HUMAN DEVELOPMENT and Therapy PROGRAMS

The PTSD Association is proud to announce a new Equine Facilitated Human Development (EFHD) Program at Belvoir Estate Farm to help those who suffer from trauma related problems.

Front and center in this process is the horse, a large and powerful animal with stunning capacity to mirror human emotions and to facilitate human healing. 

“Our decision to provide this program,” says Ute Lawrence, CEO of the PTSD Association of Canada, “is because of the increasing prevalence of PTSD in our military, our first responders, journalists and a general population that is inundated with rapid-fire technologies and responses, while losing more and more of its right-brain capacity for empathy, creativity and compassion. 

“I have personally experienced this form of right brain, non verbal communication with the horse and encourage our readers, their families and others who can benefit from EFHD. We are building this program on many levels, because of its known effectiveness as a learning tool, a spiritual asset and a healing methodology."

 

WHY HORSES?

The horse is a mighty animal. 1200 pounds of power and beauty in motion. And yet there is an emotional and curative bond between horses and humans.

Why does this relationship of horse and human work?  

Humans are predators, but horses are prey animals. They have a different brain and a different way of communicating. By nature they have expansive non-verbal sensitivities. As prey, they have to be fully aware of the larger environment around them to protect themselves. Their life depends upon exercising these talents and one of their great strengths is that they can run and run fast. They can immediately sense and run away from danger. As a result of their heightened sensitivity, horses have plenty to teach us about how our own non-verbal energy, our chi, can be understood and employed to our own benefit.

"THE REASON THE HORSE can become such a gifted teacher for us is because he does not need an inner voice. He doesn’t think in words at all. He feels. He experiences the simple energy of his emotional state of being. More than thirty million years of evolutionary pressure have turned the horse into the quintessential prey animal. Rather than using words or vocalizations to communicate — sounds that help a predator pinpoint its prey — horses learned instead how not to talk, how not to make sounds, and how to make sense from being, not thinking. Horses infuse emotional meaning into every body movement." Allan Hamilton, author Zen Mind, Zen Horse.