Human communication takes the form of verbal communication, i.e. words. However, in a concrete encounter, only about 7% of the information we convey is carried by the words. Around 38% is the emotional charge, vocality, the way we speak, and the rest 55% is body language, posture, presence and mimicry. We are often not aware of this, and the use of modern communication tools (telephone, computer) distorts it as well.

Horses do not communicate with words, so the other two factors (emotional charge, motivation, body language, presence) are much more important for them. If we want to communicate with horses effectively and assert our will and intentions towards them, we must use non-verbal communication. Developing this capability is also to our benefit.

Equestrian sessions help us to become aware of our emotions and somatic sensations, giving us a comprehensive picture of ourselves. We learn to appreciate things on their own terms rather than by reflex, to put aside our preconceptions and open our senses to connect with our environment and the factors that directly shape our lives. In doing so, we also find our own inner balance.