Horses make a difference in all of our lives, but they're particularly helpful for people with Asperger's.
By now, we all know that horses help humans in many different ways. Programs such as therapeutic riding and equine assisted therapy have gained support and multiplied in the past decades.
Today, horses are used to help soldiers with PTSD, to help riders with physical conditions, and even to help people learn about their own personalities. For people with Asperger's, spending time with horses can be particularly beneficial.
Asperger's, also referred to as Asperger Syndrome, is a type of high-functioning autism. People with Asperger's generally have difficulty with social interactions. They may struggle to understand nonverbal signals, tend to avoid eye contact during conversations, and may have difficulty understanding emotional issues.
At first glance, it may be difficult to understand how working with horses could benefit someone with Asperger Syndrome. But this video sheds some light on just how much horses can help people with Asperger's. Take a look.
When you think about it, horses communicate largely through body language. Taking the time to observe horses on the ground allows students to identify how horses use body language to communicate. Horses also teach important lessons about patience, interacting with others, and how body language may affect someone else's responses.
You'll notice that in most cases, the students are working with horses on the ground. This is similar to the work done in equine assisted learning, in which students learn important lessons all from observing horses or doing basic tasks, like haltering a horse in a field. Sessions are facilitated by a therapist or instructor, and they help the students to make connections about the lessons that the horses are teaching them.
This video demonstrates just one of the many ways that horses help people today.