When we present our activity, we often hear “Sounds interesting but I’m afraid of horses!”. Other times, we get into the arena to start the first exercise and then we hear this phrase. On some occasions we see people’s fear directly in their actions: they hesitate to get near the horses, they drop the lounge and get out of the way etc.
Fact: working with horses in a horse assisted education set-up is for most of our clients a first. Most of the participants know very little about horses in terms of how and what they communicate, what are the incentives they are sensitive to, how to negotiate over space and time and especially how to lead them. On the other hand, our horses are highly socialized and love being close to humans, thus they will deliberately interact with people in their proximity.