Space to be Your True Self.
Some of our clients find it very hard to connect with their authentic self. Often driven to conform to the expectation of parents, friends, partners they become stifled in understanding who they really are and what they want. Legendary basketball player Michael Jordan once said, “Authenticity is about being true to who you are, even when everyone around you wants you to be someone else.”
Horses take you for who you are. They don’t care how much money you have, what your school results are or what your job is. They only care about you and how you show up to them. Creating a successful relationship with a horse is about being self-aware and mindful of your body language and feelings. Working with horses is experiential. It creates an environment to reflect on who you really are. The horse has no expectations of people. They are accepting and non- judgmental.
For some people, this freedom of control to be who they are, it is empowering. People remark that they experience a sense of psychological safety with the horses that is often lacking in their day to day lives. Being present with the horse and immersing oneself in the relationship fosters a sense of connection based on nothing else but just being yourself. It is very liberating and emotionally freeing.
Psychologist Brene Brown defines authenticity as… ‘the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true self be seen.’ As participants become more self-aware, we can see how their personal confidence and self- esteem grows. Time with the horses gives them the space to be their true self.