Horse & Human Relationships

First and foremost, humans and horses have more in common than one might think. For, even though we might not look the same physically, there are a lot of underlying components that make us similar. However, such things oftentimes never fail to go unnoticed as people may find themselves either intimidated by horses, or indifferent about them, due to lack of verbal communication.

Consequently, ones who are faced with such a mindset, miss the relationships that take place between horse and human entirely. As a matter of fact, “previous studies have found that horses can recognize expressions,” which in turn, allows an indescribable bond to take place between two not so different species. As a result of such, we see many horseback riders, and/or horse owners, developing not only a physical understanding with that of their horse(s) as they train, etc. but also an emotional one as well.

In addition, “the animals can not only recognize expressions, but can also remember them and link them to a specific face.” That’s why we oftentimes see horses reacting based on the actions and behavior of a particular individual because they are able to feel what that person is feeling—in a way—through their expression, etc. As a result of such, one who gets ready to ride a horse is oftentimes told not to be fearful, afraid, and/or scared, but to keep himself/herself relaxed. For, it is then that the horse can remain relaxed as well, and the behavior of both horse and human may find itself in unison.

Furthermore, one study in particular took place which allowed horses to see photographs of those with happy facial expressions, angry facial expressions, and neutral facial expressions. Then, when it came time to meet that individual in person, “they found that the horses saw those who had been photographed with angry faces to be more threatening.” This goes to show that relationships are important between humans and horses, and that the gentle giants are able to understand the emotions that humans are faced with. Through knowing such, a human can begin to not just grow with his/her horse through physical exercise, but emotionally as well, as his/her horse helps him/her to grow in a way that goes unseen by the eye. By doing such, they can find themselves in a place of great happiness, as they replace the time that they would spend being tense and on edge, with the time to place such things elsewhere, as they put their focus on that of their horse.

Horseback Riding To Help Stress & Trauma

First and foremost, stress has become a great problem throughout the nation, as it oftentimes causes one’s health to slowly deteriorate before his/her eyes. Yet, even so, there are various ways in which certain stress can be prevented, as well as the aftermath that follows any traumatic experience—and/or experiences. One way that this can be done is through horseback riding, as it has a number of physical, emotional, and mental benefits which allow a release—as well as relief—for those struggling/affected by stress, trauma, or both.

As a matter of fact, in our modern day world, horses are being implemented into the lives of individuals—with differing backgrounds. For example, since horses help with stress management in that of humans we see “horses being incorporated into therapy for people with diagnosed disorders such as PTSD, victims of domestic abuse, children with autism, and more”.

In turn, horses allow humans to release certain feelings—and/or emotion—which have been built up over the days, months, or years due to what they may have undergone prior. One study in particular shows that “while riding, a chemical is released by your brain that gives you a euphoric and elevated feelings and this chemical helps you release stress”. In addition, while many focus on strictly physical benefits of horseback riding, there are many underlying benefits that go unnoticed in the midst of such. Not only that, but those who have experienced severe trauma in the past, or who face severe behavioral issues in their early years, oftentimes find comfort when looking to an animal, rather than that of another human. For, horses are quiet, and interact differently than how humans interact with other humans.

Therefore, many of times it is much easier for one to establish a connection with a horse, rather than to establish one with that of his/her own species—since his/her own species is of such great likeness. As a result of such, it can pose as challenging to certain things with others, due to the trauma and stress that is left by another, or by the stress of personal issues he/she is faced with.

However, when one finds a connection between his/her horse, no words have to be said, but a mutual understanding takes place instead through just being in the space of the horse. In conclusion, this allows one to implement their stress in to something—particularly an animal—and help them heal as a result of such, as they find a way to not just cope, but handle the problem head on, while still establishing a connection with their horse.

Why Horses Make Great Companion Animals

First and foremost, horses make great companion animals for a variety of reasons both physical and emotional, as well as mental—but above all things, they make great friends. For, horses are oftentimes included in the lives of humans, both young and old, and through such not only become a “pet” so to speak, but a companion during both the good times and the bad.

In addition, it allows humans the opportunity to spend more time outside, and through doing so they not only reap the benefits of further establishing a connection with that of their horse, but also gain health benefits through the nature which surrounds him. As a result, a certain peace stems from the presence of a beautiful and wholesome environment, and the physical touch of one’s horse—as they rub the bridge of their nose, brush their mane, etc. It’s through such things that they may find their life feeling more enriched, and/or fulfilled, as they nurture their friend, and develop right alongside them.

Furthermore, horses allow one to interact mentally, as major responsibility comes when one takes care of a horse, as well as respect and compassion, as individuals embark on a journey that provides stimulus mentally to the human mind. For example, in terms of responsibility one has to make sure that they take care of their horse’s needs by ensuring that it has food, water, and clean surroundings. Not only that, but just as horses contribute to the health of humans, their must be a mutual understanding. For, a horse’s health must be monitored as well, and certain action must be taken to avoid them getting sick or injured—such as the cleaning of hooves, etc.

It is through things such as these that we find a unique companionship take place between human and horse, as a level of comfortability and trust is established between the two. This causes individuals to practice things such as humility, as they must learn the value of the creature itself, and other animals alike. Through such, those who suffer with a variety of different things—whether it be physical, emotional, or mental—can find deep respect and value, not only in their horse, but in themselves as well.

In conclusion, horses are great companions no matter what struggling individuals are faced with in that of their personal life. It is through having such a gentle giant for a friend, that one is able to find himself/herself with the ability to overcome challenges, and divert his/her attention to the unlimited possibilities life has to offer, rather than the problems at hand.

How Horses Help Mental Health

Much like humans, horses have the ability to express their needs through verbal cues. In turn, even though it may be difficult for individuals who are struggling mentally to voice what or how they are feeling, they are able to better themselves through interaction with horses—or one horse in particular. For, one of the best forms of recovery—for those who are trying to improve their mental health—comes through such.  

As a matter of fact, such interaction that take place between humans and horses has certain health related aspects that go deeper than the physical. One thing in particular that individuals are able to do is better their communication skills through learning to care for the needs of their horse. When they begin to understand what is necessary for the horse, they begin to understand their own feelings in a deeper way as well.       

For example, if someone finds himself/herself struggling with depression, or something similar, he/she might isolate himself/herself from other humans as a result of such. But, in doing so, they can regain their confidence to communicate with the outside world once more through developing a connection with their horse through riding, and other such activities. For, oftentimes animals can be of more comfort than one might think.

Not only that, but individuals find themselves building trust through the discipline of providing for the gentle creature itself, as well as learning how to strengthen their weaknesses—and/or process—negative emotion into that of something positive. That’s why one must be composed emotionally—and interacting with horses allows him/her the opportunity to master such control—as horses sense the feelings/energy of humans.

However, this oftentimes goes unnoticed by humans, but even so, how a certain individual acts has a big impact on how a horse acts in response. That’s why establishing a connection with the horse influences an individual’s mental health in a positive way, as they find themselves sensitive to the emotions of the horses, and beneficial as they learn how to better control that of their own.  

In conclusion, if individuals struggling with their mental health implement horses into their daily life they can find themselves recovering from underlying issues that go beyond the surface—and overcome fear, anxiety, etc. through getting in touch with a deeper side of themselves. It is only through such that they can benefit their physical and mental health, and so much more, by turning their focus elsewhere, through becoming one with a gentle giant.

How Horses Assist In Addiction Recovery

In several relationships—between animal and human—an undeniable bond is formed, when a connection is established between the two. In turn, we oftentimes see individuals who are struggling with addiction find comfort through such, as they endure through their trials with a companion, rather than by themselves. As a result, when one undergoes equine therapy a certain mutualism takes place which allows both species to recognize one another.

First and foremost, equine therapy is “the discipline of using horses as a means to provide metaphoric experiences in order to promote emotional growth.” It is through such, that one begins to see how, a horse interacts with a human similar to how a human would interact with another of his/her own kind—and vice versa. For example, if a human was to get angry with another, the one being attacked may grow aggressive. In response, the one who is being yelled at could feel frightened—or even fight back—just as a horse would.

Consequently, this can all be due to a lack of trust or being mistreated. However, when a meaningful relationship is formed through horse and human—through various activities—the well being of both man and animal is bettered through areas such as, “assertiveness, emotional awareness, empathy, stress tolerance, flexibility, impulse control, problem-solving skills, self-actualization, independence, self-regard, social responsibility, interpersonal relationships”.

Yet even so, there’s a process that one must undergo when establishing a connection with his/her horse—as it goes way beyond grooming, feeding, and health. It is through daily exercise with one’s horse that deeper growth begins to take place—even if the activity is small, and short in time frame.

As a matter of fact, the most important thing that one can do is greet his/her horse as he/she approaches them. It is through a simple first impression such as this, that the horse can begin to react to the energy of the human. Therefore, one must make sure that he/she is relaxed, and in unison with the energy of his/her horse.

As a result—when they set aside their own needs for a brief period of time, and/or take their horses needs into consideration—the thoughtfulness of such creates a stronger bond between both animal and human. Individuals are then able to overcome addiction that they are faced with, as they focus their attention elsewhere—rather than the areas in which they struggle. In doing so, they can displace themselves from such, and heal through equine therapy, making for a more speedy recovery.