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Why Horses?by Martha DoughertyHorses engage us in experiential learning – learning by doing. A horse can spark our imagination.  Imagine watching a horse running through a field.  We are stirred by the sense of freedom, power, and beauty that is completely authentic.  Nothing is staged or rehearsed; the horse is doing precisely what it was born to do and we long to connect with that authenticity in our own life.  Horses have large bodies that will respond to any stimulus in their environment.  They are prey animals and they seek safety and security through the herd.  An encounter with a horse is an experience in absolute truth.  Horses do not judge or criticize.  They do not come with preconceived ideas of who this is or how a person should be in the world. They simply mirror back to us exactly that which we carry within ourselves at every encounter; our false selves and in congruencies between emotions and behaviour.  To a horse, actions speak louder than words.  Horses reflect our authentic emotions and teach us how to be present in the here and now.  Horses affect our ability to reflect on our lives and can guide us towards effecting lasting change. Much of our daily...