Boundary setting with equine assisted therapy
Updated: Aug 23, 2021
Horses are experts at teaching us about consent, touch and boundary setting, you only have to spend a few minutes watching a herd of horses to understand that how they interact with one another, is all based on consent.
Humans on the other hand, we have a very ambivalent relationship with letting someone know if we are comfortable with another person's behaviour or touch towards us.
We can become overly sensitive to how the other person feels; not wanting to upset them, reject them, or afraid that they might not want to be around us anymore if we turn them away, so we deny how we feel in order to make someone else feel ok, and in turn, completely deny our own feelings.
This article gives a great example of how horses can teach us about respect, consent, and boundaries: Horses can teach us about consent, respect and boundaries