Happy Couples & Horses: How horses can keep your relationship healthy

Did you ever think that you could improve your communication, connection, conflict resolution and your relationship with the help of horses! 

  • More than 90 percent of people marry by age 50.
  • Healthy marriages are good for couples’ mental and physical health. They are also good for children; growing up in a happy home protects children from mental, physical, educational and social problems.
  • Approximately 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. 
  • The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher.

Romantic relationships are important for our happiness and well-being. Yet with more than 40 percent of new marriages ending in divorce, it's clear that relationships aren't always easy. Research shows that one of the most common causes of failure in relationships points to a breakdown in communication. According to Mehrabian’s communication study; only 7% of what we say verbally with words actually communicates, 38% is based on tone of voice and 55% is communicated through body language. This is where we believe that horses can help couples to either establish or improve their communication and in doing so improve their relationship.

 

Horses do make that extra difference. They are seven times more sensitive to body language and subtle energy than humans. Horses respond to subtleties in your body language, and it is the focus on the non-verbals that can be particularly revealing. We provide a safe environment where our horses can freely interact with and empower you to reflect on your own reactions, behaviors and limitations. Our goal is through the course of participating in specific exercises with horses we can help couples:

 

  • Foster closeness and affection 
  • Resolve long standing conflicts in your relationship
  • Improve communication and connection in your relationship
  • Build trust, respect and team work

Keep Your Relationship Healthy

  • Communication is a key piece of healthy relationships. Researchers have found that communication style is more important than commitment levels, personality traits or stressful life events in predicting whether happily married couples will go on to divorce. 
  • Disagreements are part of any partnership, but some fighting styles are particularly damaging. Examples of constructive strategies for resolving disagreements include attempting to find out exactly what your partner is feeling, listening to his or her point of view and trying to make him or her laugh.

Keep Your Relationship Interesting

  • Between kids, careers and outside commitments, it can be difficult to stay connected to your partner. Yet there are good reasons to make the effort. In one study, for example, researchers found couples that reported boredom during their seventh year of marriage were significantly less satisfied with their relationships nine years later.
  • To keep things interesting, some couples plan regular date nights. Even dates can get old, though, if you're always renting a movie or going to the same restaurant. Experts recommend breaking out of the routine and trying new things — whether that's going dancing, taking a class together or packing an afternoon picnic or participating in one of our Happy Couples & Horses workshops.

Keep Your Relationship

  • You don't have to wait until a relationship shows signs of trouble before working to strengthen your union. Our programs teach skills such as good communication, effective listening and dealing with conflict that have been shown to reduce the risk of divorce. Sign up now!