Like humans, horses are social animals who have a distinct hierarchy of roles. They are motivated primarily by survival as are many of our clients. Because horses are bigger than humans, respect happens naturally and boundaries and limits are illuminated. Horses offer immediate feedback about behavior, give non-verbal consequences, are forgiving and offer second chances. Through the feedback provided by the horse, participants also develop an understanding of how their behavior affects others. In many cases the horse acts as a mirror or magnifying lens, helping to focus on the issues clients bring to the session. Issues that arise during sessions are used as metaphors and linked with the larger ongoing issues within the client’s life to promote growth and change.