Somme _ Une fillette et un Henson © CRTC Hauts-de-France - Nicolas BryantSomme _ Une fillette et un Henson © CRTC Hauts-de-France - Nicolas Bryant
©Somme, Une fillette et un Henson |CRTC Hauts-de-France - Nicolas Bryant

Rediscover yourself through horse therapy

Stroking the soft coat of a horse is a therapy that is phenomenally successful for managing stress, changing behavioural patterns, and overcoming fears. The horse is blessed with incredible sensitivity. It very quickly understands who it’s dealing with, picks up on our frame of mind, our doubts, our emotions, our needs … It is particularly receptive to the consistency or lack thereof of the signs we send it. “A horse is a good teacher, not only for the body but also for the mind,” as Xanophon said in his time. Why not try horse coaching?

Northern France _ Bay of Somme _ Saint-Firmin _ Le Crotoy _ Henson _ horse © CRTC Hauts-de-France - Stéphane BOUILLAND - BIOSPHOTONorthern France _ Bay of Somme _ Saint-Firmin _ Le Crotoy _ Henson _ horse © CRTC Hauts-de-France - Stéphane BOUILLAND - BIOSPHOTO
©Northern France, Bay of Somme, Saint-Firmin, Le Crotoy, Henson, horse| CRTC Hauts-de-France - Stéphane BOUILLAND - BIOSPHOTO

Equine therapy: connect with horses for wellbeing

Take the example of the coach Rachel Larquier, she was stuck in an addictive work situation and escaped from it with the help of horses. Not by riding itself but with a relationship with an animal that is so close to man. “It’s a sincere creature that accepts you just the way you are. Contact with it always does you good. Afterwards, you always feel so much lighter,” Rachel points out.

She sees people in the morning or afternoon (half a day is sufficient) who have sometimes never been around horses. The first meeting with a horse in liberty is in the calmness of a field. There are no expectations made of you nor are there any challenges to face, you just need to be yourself. It’s a wonderful down-to-earth experience!

The animal will listen to someone who is sincere and will connect with them. Stroking the silky coat of an affectionate giant creates a feeling of well-being that exposes our deepest emotions and brings peace within ourselves and with the world… You lose track of time because, with a horse, time stands still, and the signs of progress are subtle … But suddenly, you feel an explosion of emotions and everyone says the same thing, “I feel good even though I’ve done nothing.”

This experience can be enjoyed in a riding centre near Amiens.

Local's tip

Samuel CramponSamuel Crampon
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A unique viewpoint for unique photo shoots


If you want to add a unique photo of Amiens to your album, I suggest you go to Saint-Pierre park, more specifically, to the north of the lake. That is my favourite place. Turn towards the cathedral, isn’t the view sublime? This is where the palette of colours caused by the backlight will make your photo a veritable impressionist canvas! The sky in March gives an ideal light that brings out every shade of blue going all the way up to the darkest black.

Samuel is a guide and a specialist in heritage excursions in and around Amiens

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