From time to time, one sees articles that hint at the benefits of sharing your life with a four legged. You know the ones - statistics showing that people who have companion animals live xx times longer than those who don't. They have lower stress levels and overall, don't suffer the health issues that people who don't share their lives with a dog, cat or horse.
Of course, the evidence of the incredible healing power of animals is all around you if you take the time to look. The person sitting on a bench with their dog, calmly existing in the moment. Or the person who had a bad day at work and is now enjoying a quiet moment on the trail with their horse. But it goes far beyond simply being family members. The value of using animals for therapy is recognized and is being widely embraced.
Service dogs are used for visiting ill patients in hospitals or to help our soldiers who have PTSD syndrome, among many other uses. Horses are also used for therapy as well, whether it is a client suffering from PTSD, working with autistic children or troubled individuals that are making changes in their lives. These incredibly sensitive animals are used for treating addictions, anxiety, depression or other disorders. They can sense a struggling humans pain, as if there is an understanding that passes between the horse and a human. If you've ever felt a bond with a non-human, you'll understand what I'm talking about.
Maryland Recovery offers equine therapy that augments their recovery programs. Using equine therapy helps to balance out their patients lives and their interaction with horses provides structure and allows for emotional growth. Read more about the life changing work Maryland Recovery is doing with horses and humans.
Horses are incredibly sensitive, emotional sentient beings. If you're receptive, they can teach you a great deal about life and sometimes, even help you get through it.