Naturally intimidating to many, horses are large and powerful. This creates a natural opportunity for individuals to overcome fear and develop confidence. Working alongside a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides wonderful insight when dealing with the other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
Like humans, horses are social animals, with defined roles within their herds. They would rather be with their peers. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods; an approach that works with one horse won't necessarily work with another. At times, they seem stubborn and defiant. They like to have fun. In other words, horses provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning, an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups. Horses require us to work, whether in caring for them or working with them. In an era when immediate gratification and the "easy way" are the norm, horses require people to be engaged in physical and mental work to be successful, a valuable lesson in all aspects of life.
Most importantly, horses mirror human body language. Many complain, "This horse is stubborn. That horse doesn't like me," etc. The lesson is that if people change themselves, the horses respond differently. Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers.
Horses live in communities (herds) and, like the zebra, antelope and wildebeest, their community can extend beyond the species. They are prey animals and they do not use words to communicate. Horses are dependent on their ability to detect danger and communicate that danger to the community for their survival. They read body language, feel the energy of intent, react accordingly and emanate their response for the entire herd to feel and react at the same time. This is why a zebra will drink water with a satiated lion close by or why entire herds will move in beautiful arcing unison across the savannah. All this means that they are super sensitive; they can read your body language and feel your energy.