I’ve traveled around the world to photograph some of this world’s most amazing animals. From polar bears in the frigid Arctic to the mountain lions in the sunny hills of Chile, I’ve seen them all. Throughout my expeditions, there has been no stronger connection between an animal like I have with horses and me. As you can see through my black and white horse photography, horses are my most favorite subjects. After meeting and speaking with many horse lovers, riders, owners, here is a list of TOP 10 reasons why horses make great pets!
1 REDUCING STRESS
All pets from dogs to cats and fish to birds have the incredible ability to reduce our stress by merely being in their presence. Petting them, walking with them, they become your four-legged friends in most cases. Being around horses gives one a peaceful state of mind as they are very tranquil. Roaming around nature with ease, they teach us to slow things down and enjoy what mother nature has provided us that so many take for granted.
2 FUN TO BE WITH
Horses are enjoyable animals, especially the Camargue horses I have photographed. They have so much playful energy and stamina. Every horse has its personality and characteristics that you will surely love.
The lifespan of horses is longer than most pets, which are about 25-30 years, which means that you have a significant amount of time to develop a deep connection and a special bond. Having a horse as a pet is a huge commitment that demonstrates your real character and development as a person.
Horses have immense beauty and elegance. Their stature, poses, graceful movements all leave us mesmerized. From their display in movies, literature, and art, they are a symbol of strength and courage throughout the world.
Horses are known to be four to seven times faster learners than humans. They need to be quick learners because they are prey animals, and they are very intuitive.
6 EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
Researchers in the field of equine studies have shown that horses can recognize human emotions. Just like dogs, horses will provide comfort and act more playful if they see you being sad or troubled.
7 STAYING FIT
If you love the outdoors, horses are great for exploring nature. Breathing fresh air and getting the right amount of sun does wonders for the body and mind. Having a horse as your companion during outdoor adventures like horse riding and hiking is a great way to keep fit and healthy.
8 COPING WITH ILLNESS
Having a horse as a pet or just being around one can provide physical and mental benefits to people suffering from different illnesses or conditions. People struggling with Alzheimer’s find it therapeutic to be around horses. Equine therapy helps them find calmness, and it eases the frustration that comes from living with Alzheimer’s. Research from Ohio State University finds that therapy helps lift patients’ mood and reduces negative behavior.
It might seem hard to believe, but horses are easy to look after. Yes, it’s a big commitment, but providing food and shelter is very straight forward. Several ranches around the country allow you to visit, ride, and pet horses for a minimum fee. You don’t have to spend too much if you are not ready to own one at the moment.
10 LONG HISTORY
Throughout mythology and ancient tales, horses have played massive roles. They inspired countless stories of both gentleness, power, and triumph. Horses have a long history of coexisting with humans for centuries. From Kings to Queens and villages to kingdoms, horses have been companions and instrumental in shaping the most critical eras of human civilization.
We hope these top 10 reasons why horses make great pets have provided you a better understanding of how much of impact horses can make in your life. In life, our journeys is filled with nature and wildlife. It’s our passion and privilege of being this forward for everyone to experience.
“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston Churchill
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