About Rising Hope
Horses and Trauma
- Trauma is considerd a "failure of integrative capacity." Simply put, traumatic events outstrip one's ability to process and recover without lingering symptoms.
- As animals of prey, horses understand threats to safety and they naturally seek release from such pressure. They teach us how to balance that pressure and release in energetically conservative ways.
- Trauma is now understood to reside in several body systems including our primitive brain. This area of the brain is often permanently engaged in fight, flight or freeze: robbing one's health and joy.
- Horses are highly intuitive animals. They interpret energy in the environment, especially humans with impeccable accuracy. They reflect what we give off and thereby teach us to know ourselves better.
- Trauma is not simply a story to be repeatedly told and then healing happens. It requires reintegration of the whole body, mind and spirit, a return to mindful presence, flight or fight regulation and learning to define oneself from a perspective based in strength and truth.
- Horses always live in the present moment. They feel and sense naturally and effortlessly. They are accepting and forgiving. They teach us to be: to listen to the silence.