Horses, like humans, are social animals. Though hierarchical, herd life’s consensual forms of leadership offer humans an alternative approach to consider in relationships, different from the command pyramid model common to many human interactions.
As prey animals, horses developed keen abilities to monitor their surroundings in order to avoid becoming a predator’s meal. Because of these abilities, horses are attuned to others’ internal emotional states. Couple their large size with these abilities and horses become uniquely effective mirrors. Horses reflect back to humans the human emotional state and horses are just too big to ignore. Working with these large animals can engender an intense focus on awareness and expression.