If you’ve ever had a pet, you’ve probably found yourself feeling at ease around them. From dogs and cats to birds and rabbits, animals can have therapeutic effects on the people around them. Equine therapy brings this effect to people through horses. Many people find the companionship of horses to be cathartic and really thrive on their relationships with them. Equine therapy functions with specific goals that works towards helping the people who use it. It employs horses to help rehabilitate people through experiences that work within a lens of psychology. Equine therapy differs from simply caring for a horse or riding a horse as it is conducted by a medical professional. This therapy has been used by people suffering from addictions, veterans, and also victims of abuse or trauma.
EQUINE THERAPY BENEFITS
People often find that animals are great companions for a multitude of reasons. These people may face issues interacting with people due to anxiety, a lack of social skills or previous trauma. Other people can be unreliable and also hard to gauge for even a neurotypical person. A connection with a horse is strong and reliable despite the lack of verbal communication. It’s the fact that they communicate through their actions that makes them easier to understand sometimes. An angry horse will show anger and a happy horse will show happiness.
There are no hidden feelings or analysis that needs to be done by the patient. This way equine therapy establishes an element of trust that these people might not easily come with other people. Since horses will reflect the emotions of the person handling them and the environment they’re in, they can also help these patients identify their emotions. If a person is rough or aggressive with a horse, it will likely adjust its behavior accordingly. Equine therapy offers people an outlet for their emotions and the connection they’ve been missing.
BEHIND THE PHOTO
As I sat on the snow covered ground, all of my thoughts were about how absolutely frigid I was. I just could not stop thinking of how cold it was, how uncomfortable I was, and how I had taken warmth for granted. I wanted nothing more than to feel at ease by warmth in the time that I was camped out. Norway’s wilderness wasn’t too kind to me. It was cold and brutal, with winds that tore through whatever lay in front of them. It very obviously was not meant to be home to me. If anything, it felt like I was an unwelcome guest who was being coaxed out. Nevertheless, I stubbornly ignored the cold’s objections and continued photographing the wild horses I had come for.
These black stallions, on the other hand, were thriving. They were quite comfortable and looked to be right at home. They pranced around the snow with ease. The wind blew through their mane but gave them no chills, and their bodies were strong and adapted. The land knew these horses, and by the looks of it, was quite fond of them. Watching them made it look like it was summer, and not 37℉ and snowing. I had to remind myself that these animals were made for this environment. Hundreds of years of evolution and selective adaptations gave their advantages over me in surviving this cold.
Some things are just naturally more suited to you. Once you find those things, you can really thrive. When things come to you naturally, pay attention to them, they may be skills you can hone. Being adept at something comes from both natural talent and hardwork. While practice can do wonders for your craft, it can really help to follow your talents as well.
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