Animals know things and can sense things that we don't. If you don't believe that, watch a dog bristle when a stranger comes around a baby, or birds taking to the skies moments before an earthquake strikes.

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Horses have been one of man's oldest companions, first domesticated thousands of years ago, and there for some of our greatest accomplishments and worst failures. But in recent years, horses have become more than our companions, but our healers as well, involved in alternative therapies that some say are more powerful and rewarding than any traditional setting.

One such place that specializes in this new-age treatment is Equinisity Retreats in Kamloops, British Columbia. This 320-acre ranch offers retreats giving people the ability to "build physical body language conversations with horses that cause connection and understanding at liberty" and "learn animal and communication with all life through journalling, dowsing, opening to channel and trusting and refining your innate abilities," according to the resort's website.

While the resort is open to anyone, equine therapy is often used for young people who struggle to accept therapy in traditional settings, according to Equine Psychotherapy. Working with animals who neither judge nor even speak can help children and young adults improve social skills such as confidence, communication, trust, and perspective.