Gaby initially seemed anxious and guarded but keen to work with the horses. Able to describe her emotions, she did so in a way that seemed detached and suggested many past conversations about her feelings and behaviour, with little expectation of change. By her third session she brought photos of previous work with horses. Though still uncomfortable with praise, she spoke positively about her achievements and opened up about the challenging emotions she experiences.
Gaby responds well to the physical closeness of the horse. Finding the heartbeat, watching and mirroring their breathing patterns and grounding herself through the physical sensation of touching their coat, have enabled her to connect with her own physical responses to different feelings.
Through commenting on the horses' emotional and physical state, she connected with how words such as calm, anxious or nervous felt in terms of physical sensations. Enabling her to see how she could influence the horse's state and the possibility of being able to do this for herself.
She has seen how grooming and managing her voice and breathing have a positive impact on an anxious horse, often commenting that the horse is, 'just like me' and understands that she can find ways of helping herself at anxious times by focusing on her breathing, too.