Choose from Three Options
- $75 for three horseback riding lessons ($150 value)
- $119 for five horseback riding lessons ($250 value)
- $135 for a full-day equine-assisted grief therapy workshop ($270 value)
The Horse-Human Bond: Man’s (Other) Best Friend
You’re likely to leave the stable with a new skill and a new friend. Read on to learn more about the powerful bond between humans and horses.
Humans have been riding horses since the first bus broke down around 3,500 BC, but the full extent of the intraspecies connection is only beginning to come to light. Anecdotal stories of deep friendships between horses and humans abound, but studies suggest that horses really do form long-term bonds with humans with whom they’ve had positive encounters. In fact, horses can recognize their human friends months or even years after seeing them last.
Horses are naturally social animals, forming lifelong friendships with horses inside and outside their own families. This affable nature, combined with an impeccable sense of hearing, puts horses in a unique position to respond to human communication and even memorize human words. Trainers frequently talk in soothing tones to their horses, but much of the bonding occurs through nonverbal interaction: horses also get to know humans through daily grooming, feedings, and long, quiet rides into the sunset. Many longtime riders report feeling deeply attuned to their horses, both physically and emotionally.
Though not fully understood, the ineffable bond between humans and horses has spawned numerous equine-therapy programs. During these programs, people with mental illnesses or physical disabilities interact with horses through basic grooming and riding. Besides the unique physical benefits of riding—such as gaining core strength as they balance on a horse—these patients often experience an emotional release or a new sense of pride and accomplishment.
A Chat with Horses Make Miracles
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We offer Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy workshops, Horsemanship/Riding lessons and Life Coaching. Horses Make Miracles stands out from the competition by offering a wide variety of programs for individuals of all ages who are dealing with physical, cognitive or mental disabilities and emotional issues. Our clientele and volunteers learn safe, fun and educational horsemanship taught by Licensed and Certified professionals. What was the inspiration to start or run this business? The inspiration came to Horses Make Miracles Instructor and Director back in the 1980’s when she began volunteering with a local Therapeutic Riding Center after witnessing first-hand the amazing improvements weekly lessons provided for special needs participants. That was the beginning of her work spanning decades of helping others improve their health and well-being. What do you love most about your job? The opportunity to work outside in nature with these magnificent horses who have taught me so much throughout my career and life’s calling. Also, the wonderful compliments and testimonials from participants, parents, caregivers, volunteers and interns exemplifying the benefits they’ve received from working with the horses and riding in our diversified programs. What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer? There are so many positive reactions such as parents confirming improvements in school work, better interaction with peers and social situations, easier time coping with issues, increased physical strength and motor skills as well as confidence, improved self-esteem, balance and coordination improvements. Several times in my career, clients who are non-verbal will learn to give a signal or sign for ques to their horse to walk which is a truly wonderful accomplishment. A retired cowboy at the age of 88 who had lost his sight at 60, explained with tears in his eyes after his class that he was glad he could go back to his retirement home “smelling like horse”. A firefighter in his forties lost use of his legs when; in his twenties was in a work-related accident. After we got him mounted on the horse from his wheelchair and the horse took the first few steps, he looked at me in wide-eyed astonishment and said “I’m walking!” These few examples represent a small percentage of the best reactions I’ve ever gotten.