Guest Blog and Infographic: 16 Ways Horses Make Humans Healthier - Benefits of Horse Riding
My delightful guest journalist, Milly M, has contributed the following observations:
"Working and growing up with horses has taught me a lot over the years, learning about creating and forming relationships, responsibility and how we view ourselves as individuals. Having and being around horses teaches you many things, but many of us forget that they also bring us a huge amount of physical and emotional benefits too. It gives us purpose, teaches us patience and gives us something to be passionate about – the list goes on! Sometimes I think it’s good to reflect on what horses bring to our lives and why they make us happy. This infographic shows many of the health benefits that horses can bring us."
Which of the 16 points resonates with you? Can you add any to the list? Feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comments!
PS: If you'd like to read more on this subject, check out the article published by Viviamaridi, "How Horses Heal Us" by Joanne Verikios. And this meme sums it up.
Newsflash: "The Horse Is Not Here" Poem adopted by Animal Assisted Learning Program in Ohio, USA
Back in February 2019, I was honoured and delighted to receive a request from a startup non-profit organisation called LOVE GROWS LOVE.
They asked if they could use my poem, "The Horse Is Not Here", because they thought it captured the essence of the “Power Tools For Living” program.
Of course I was happy to give them my blessing. I also greatly appreciated their courtesy in asking for permission and their professionalism in acknowledging my authorship of the poem.
And I love the image they have paired with it on Facebook! Hope you do too:
Their mission is to engage horses to help participants gain a deeper understanding of faith-based values, therefore improving their quality of life. EAL (Equine Assisted Learning) is an experiential approach to growth and learning in collaboration with horses which can be very powerful for participants from all walks of life.
Check out the Love Grows Love Animal Assisted Learning page on Facebook if you would like to learn more about their work.
From a very early age I have been able to tune in to what horses and ponies were thinking and what they were likely to do next.