Often, they begin making eye contact with the animal first, then with other people. Soon after that, the child often becomes more relationally open; again, with the animal first, then with people.
Horses are wonderful animals to work with, they react as a mirror to the person who's with him.
He's a prey animal so he wants to feel safe and is always on the lookout for predators. A horse will become very fearful if he's with someone who's aggressive, noisy, disrespectful or too controlling.
On the other hand, if the person makes requests rather than demands the horse will begin to cooperate. He is always looking for a leader."
A horse is looking for simple and clear commands, and a child, with the right encouragement and in the right situation, can carry these out very effectively. "Go, stop, back up, turn this way or that way" is all that's needed.
Once children realize what they can achieve their self-esteem increases in leaps and bounds.
The results are startling. Even those showing severe anti-social and aggressive behavior become calmer and more communicative.