Second Stage Developing An Interpersonal Relationship With The Horse

At this stage, riding is combined with handling and taking care of the horse. Riding lessons included galloping while standing up and sitting down, as well as maneuvering the horse around obstacles which demanded more precise handling of the horse. Handling and taking care of the horse included brushing and washing of the horse, and putting on the saddle. The group members also cleaned the stables. Greater emphasis was placed on group work, which involved "rubbing shoulders" with one another and addressing interpersonal situations. At this stage attention was paid to feelings of trust, readiness for devotion, and assertive behavior. Intimacy in the group increased and it appeared that this was facilitated by the decrease in the level of anxiety.

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