Tristar Ranch’s mission is to provide equine services such as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Equine Assisted Learning, Horsemanship Lessons, Equine Courses, Riding Lessons, and camps to our surrounding communities. Our goal is to provide enlightening experiences through horses for personal growth, greater self-understanding, and healing of the mind, body, and spirit.
How can horses assist in personal growth, greater self-understanding, and healing of the mind, body, and spirit?
Horses are prey animals, thus making them hyperaware of their surroundings. They must be able to determine if the person, animal, situation, or environment around them is there to harm or assist them. Horses do this by observing nonverbals and tuning into the emotions of the person. Horses can sense when something is triggered (i.e., emotional, and physical response) in the individual before the person is even aware of it. In the equine therapy realm, we call the horse a mirror of the client. It is the non-bias feedback (mirroring) that allows the client to visually recognize what is happening internally, and guide them through what needs improvement or change.