How horses help humans

        Over the last 3 years we have been running The Autism friendly horse experience we have many people attending our programme with many different challenges they face from Autism/ aspergers , sensory issues,communication, self awareness , self confidence issues. 
We have also done successful sessions for people who have suffered abuse, had problems with addiction,  struggled with anger issues ,  suffered panic attacks .

So how can horses  help humans?

Horses mirror our emotions , they are non verbal, non judgemental peaceful animals ...

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” ― Winston S. Churchill

Here's the science bit.....

Through understanding the horses we learn to understand ourselves.

Recent studies conducted by the Institute of HeartMath provide a clue to explain the bidirectional "healing" that happens when we are near horses. According to researchers, the heart has a larger electromagnetic field and higher level of intelligence than the brain: A magnetometer can measure the heart's energy field radiating up to 8 to 10 feet around the human body. While this is certainly significant it is perhaps more impressive that the electromagnetic field projected by the horse's heart is five times larger than the human one (imagine a sphere-shaped field that completely surrounds you). The horse's electromagnetic field is also stronger than ours and can actually directly influence our own heart rhythm!
Horses are also likely to have what science has identified as a "coherent" heart rhythm (heart rate pattern) which explains why we may "feel better" when we are around them. . . .studies have found that a coherent heart pattern or HRV is a robust measure of well-being and consistent with emotional states of calm and joy--that is, we exhibit such patterns when we feel positive emotions.
A coherent heart pattern is indicative of a system that can recover and adjust to stressful situations very efficiently. Often times, we only need to be in a horses presence to feel a sense of wellness and peace. In fact, research shows that people experience many physiological benefits while interacting with horses, including lowered blood pressure and heart rate, increased levels of beta-endorphins (neurotransmitters that serve as pain suppressors), decreased stress levels, reduced feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, improved social functioning; and increased feelings of empowerment, trust, patience and self-efficacy.”

Client Testimonials

Ben has been attending Lou Wilks horse therapy sessions since June.  He started his introduction to the horses in his own time which involved just being around the horses then stroking, cuddling and brushing the horses.
  Lou gave Ben space to adjust to the environment and engaged Ben in other activities in the classroom his favourite being the therapy ball.  
Ben is free to explore the area safely which includes a meadow, pond and tree house.  Ben has been riding a large horse bareback and with a saddle for about eight weeks, when Ben is riding Lou sings songs in time to the horse's movement which gains Bens attention.  Ben has just started riding a smaller horse in the meadow, when he is riding his face lights up.
   Because Ben is non verbal Lou has  photographs/symbols personilised to Ben ready to help him make choices.  I think when Ben spends time with the horses his interaction and eye contact is improved.  He has developed a fantastic relationship with Lou and gets excited when we arrive at the farm.  Lou has a excellent understanding of Autism and her teaching is very structured.  Lou does intensive play sessions with Ben concentrating on speech.  The horses have a calming effect on Ben and he really enjoys his sessions, when we go home he takes my phone to watch the video clips of  himself riding the horse! 

The first time Harry was silent....

At 4 yrs old and diagnosed with ASD I looked into ways to improve Harry's communication and social skills.

Lou spent a good 30 mins getting to know Harry before taking him on the farm. She was understanding his processing times and how he communicates. It's fair to say I leant things about Harry that I didnt know.

Harry is active all the time and doesnt stop until he sleeps....or sat on Lou's horse. It was magical and somehow mystical that Harry and horse were in tune with eachother. It was emotional to watch but an unforgetable milestone.

Thank you



Having a family member with Autism and first realising 6 years ago after seeing with my own eyes the differences in behaviour when John was around our horses, this prompted me to research further and realise that interaction with horses in the right environment of course ,could help people develop social skills , sensory development & verbal communication.

I'ts been scientifically proven that simply being around horses can alter our mindset, i have had first hand experience many times watching many of our learners whilst around my horses totally change their behaviour ,relax and be calm.

I am proud to say we have successfully been running our programme for 3 years  with local schools  who have attended sending most of their students, we also have many independent families attending one to one sessions on a weekly bases.

We receive ongoing feedback from teachers and parents amazed at the instant results from learners with a huge range of learning difficulties and challenges. 

In May 2013 we started our personnel programme with our herd of 7 horses  "The Autism friendly horse experience" Horses & Autism therapy service to local schools and families.

 We use the T.E.A.C.C.H programe, personalised  schedules and person centered planning to help develop each person’s individual needs during their visit, and each learner will take home a book of their own achievements at the end of their time here.

Our horses all live together ,as a herd and are barefoot,rugless, bitless when ridden and kept as natural as possible, which in turn allows them to be at their true best when interacting with humans.

Safety is our main focus and we do allow the sessions to be learner lead in a safe environment so each learner can benefit and learn by having their OWN experiences at their own pace, which has been proven to be also beneficial in transferring to other areas of their lives.

For more information on our  horses please please feel free to call me if you have anything you would like to discuss

Horses Help Humans Manage Stress … research paper

 Equine therapy has proven effective in helping soldiers who have experienced trauma in war and have been diagnosed with PTSD, victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse, as well as people with anxiety disorders.

  Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is also effective in helping kids and teenagers with anger, anxiety, and behavioral issues as well as at risk youth.  Human beings often will become defensive when given advice or feedback from other humans.  One tendency is to shut down or tune out a human therapist or well meaning individual.  Teenagers naturally brace against any advice or input from adults, and equine therapy has proven to be helpful with this age group.  Horses reflect emotions and feelings of people in their space. 

 Humans are often able to put on a smile or suppress emotions that are bubbling from within when interacting with other humans but horses are a mirror and always tell the truth.  For example, an angry teenager who has begun to exhibit problematic behaviors, acting out at home or school may act cool and be closed off to engaging with a human therapist or family members.  However, the same teenager may be exposed to a horse and simply try to pet or be near a horse.  When given the choice, the horse may walk away or choose not to be near this angry teenager, which can cause the teen to wonder why the horse does not want to be near him or her and be able to understand that being angry is pushing people away just like it causes the horse to choose not to be near him  (Boatwright, 2013).

  One equine therapeutic organization identifies the horse in a therapeutic setting as a “large biofeedback machine” (Boatwright, 2013).  Teens often become self-confident and show long term results in raised self-esteem according to equine therapists.  Teens often say that they have begun to be open to trying new things in all areas of their life due to the experiences they have with horses, which has the potential to create long term positive results in their lives (Boatwright, 2013).  Horses that have experienced trauma may develop PTSD and therapists say these horses will often choose a client with PTSD.  They often will pick each other out and create a bond, helping each other heal (Boatwright, 2013).

Horses are used in Equine Assisted Learning due to their ability to be a mirror for leaders, teams, and organizational groups interested in better productivity and connection.  The horse’s ability to show a leader a reflection of his or her intensity, aggression, or lack of assertiveness, planning, or other behaviors often results in a more cohesive team experience whereas a manager may take years to find that level of self awareness, if they ever do.  Engagement of clients is one benefit touted by therapists who utilize equine therapy in treatment.  Clients usually engage with the horse within minutes whereas they may remain closed off or unwilling to engage in typical therapy or team building environments.  The horse has the unique ability to reflect the truth to a person as well as cause a physiological response in the human body that can undo all that stress causes in the human body systems (Boatwright, 2013).

About us
 Lou Wilks is Based in the village of East Halton  North Lincolnshire she works from her family home and has a friendly relaxed approach .
She specializes in communication between horse and human.
Often we can be faced with situations  that seem unmanageable or out of our control
We can only deal with these situations with the conditioned understanding or knowledge  we already have or is available to us at the time.
However if that knowledge is not enough and we still feel that we can't find the answers  often we become anxious, frustrated or angry or worst case to give up  which will often leave us with many mixed emotions and no solution!!
Research has proven that  by simply just  bieng around horses can improve our well being.

An inspiring  natural and calm teacher Lou uses her herd of 7 horses and along with her established  in depth principles of equine behaviour and psychology both equine and human, has set up a NATURAL,SAFE & CALM  environment so you CAN have POSITIVE, EFFECTIVE   experiences which can help you to overcome personnel daily challenges .

Lou will listen to you and support you throughout your one to one or group session with our horses .
During your session you WILL have POSITIVE experiences,and learn coping strategies that WILL  help you resolve personnel daily challenges,and because the horses give us instant non judgemental clear feedback we learn about how OUR choices effect the outcome .
  Working through these experiences allows you to become AWARE for yourself what you need to change in order to be effective.
These learnt experiences can help give you the answers you have been looking for,to build your self confidence and enable you to deal with other daily challenges calmly and effectively

Making connections
        Seeing things differently

 Lou is Qualified, insured & specialises in :

Level 3 award councelling &Psychotherapy

Level 4 Advanced level Health and social care 

Cognitive behavioural Therapy 

Level 3 Award S.E.N (special educational needs)

Health &safety in the workplace LEVEL 3

Autism awareness 

Equine Qualifications:

EAQ horse awareness cetificate

Equine facilitator training

Diploma's in Equine instincts and behaviour
EQ50 Certificate in Equine Anatomy
Masterson Method Certified Practitioner
Horse care and stable management 2007
Certificate  Horse care& Riding-Higher .
Diploma in Equine instincts and behaviour in 2009.
Feeding & nutrition 2009
The horse as an athlete 2009
Horse psychology 2010


 You will have an opportunity to work with horses on the day, on a one to one basis or just watch others its your choice.

Whatever your specific needs are,  the sessions have something for everyone of all ages . 

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