Weird title I know, and I guess your thinking what on earth is she talking about right?
Horses. I have a great love for horses and in fact prefer them sometimes to people, they have a calming affect on me. It’s not just the riding but the husbandry that comes with horse care ( yes like shovelling horse poop) I’ve been into horses for as long as I can remember and this year I actually completed my BHS stage 1 course in which I’m yet to do the exam but health issues got in the way and had to cancel until next year.
I share a beautiful bay Thoroughbred called Zeus, he is 9 years old and we suit each other very much. He can be a face puller but I think my faces can look meaner! Horses are my therapy, it’s amazing how animals can make you feel after you have interacted with them. Reason? Oxytocin. It plays a role in many behaviours such as maternal-infant bonding, and increases when we hug or kiss someone. It’s also an antidote for when you have feelings of depression and a great sense of wellbeing. It works well with dogs and cats too! So me spending time with Zeus increases my oxytocin and makes me feel great.
Equine therapy is on the up, just stroking, grooming or even cuddling a horse can make you feel better, it works great for me and it’s something I have a keen interest in. It works brilliantly for people with PTSD like myself, anxiety, depression as well those with drug and alcohol addictions. Of course it’s no substitute for medication, Counselling or talking therapy but it can definitely help.
Riding itself is also a great form of exercise, it’s a workout in itself and it’s more than just sitting there in the saddle and letting the horse do all the work, you have to communicate with your horse through leg and hand aids. I could talk further about this but you might get lost if you don’t know anything about horses and riding so I’ll think I’ll stop here.
Exercise is another one on my blogging list…..