It is said that animals are our best friends because they help lower our levels of stress. I’m sure many of you have a dog or in my case two, or three, or seven. If you don’t, I’m not sure whether or not you can be trusted. (kidding! kidding!) Yes, those four-leggers are smile bringers for sure, but have you spent any time around a horse? How about an entire herd? It seems most of my friends find a smile when they come to visit my horses.
10 Reasons Horses Help Lower Stress
- Horses have incredible memories. I can attest this to be true. We once had a guide who whopped one of our horses on the head. Needless to say, he’s gone from the wrangling crew. A year or two later, we crossed paths with him on the trail. The horse immediately pinned his ears when he heard the man’s voice and, as the man walked by, even swung his head around to whop him back. — Ooops!Lesson – Always be kind to others, even if it’s an animal.”Have you ever laughed at a horse with a funny name? Or made fun of one when it twists its face in flehmen? If you have, that’s too bad—that horse may well remember your insult for the rest of its life.””A 2010 study revealed some very surprising results about horse intelligence, especially memory. Not only does our equine friend understand our words far better than we have previously anticipated, its memory is at least as good as that of an elephant. If a horse is treated kindly, it will remember the person as a friend for as long as it lives. The horse will instantly resume friendship when it sees them again, regardless of how long they have been apart.
They also remember places very well—most horses become nervous when they’re taken to a place where they’ve had a startling experience. “The good memory and relatively powerful intellect of horses is not always a good thing, though. If they get bored, they can accidentally figure out how to untie themselves from posts and open latches and grain bins. Once they learn these methods of mischief, they’ll never, ever forget.” Via Listvers.com.
- It’s easy to tell if a horse is happy, mad or sad. “Horses use their ears, eyes, and nostrils to express their mood. They also communicate their feelings through facial expressions.” Via CBS News
- Horses are good listeners. “Horses have 16 muscles in each ear, allowing them to rotate their ears 180 degrees.” Via the University of Minnesota.
- Horses are excellent for physical therapy. “Horses are soothing, gentle animals. They are straightforward in their interactions without lying or manipulating. They do not judge or blame. Their presence alone can be immensely healing.” Via Elements Behaviour Health
- Horses know when something’s sneaking up on you before you do. “Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.” See more at DoubleD Trailers.
- Horses can look in two directions at the same time. “Most of the time, wherever a horse’s ear is pointing is where the horse is looking with the eye on the same side. If the ears are pointing in different directions, the horse is looking at two different things at the same time.” Via Training Horses Naturally.
- If you want to get there in a hurry, a horse is the way to go. “The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph). Most gallop at around 44 kph or 27 mph. See more at Purely Facts.
- Horses have huge hearts. Literally, “The average horse’s heart weighs approximately 9 or 10 pounds.” Via Steinbeck Equine.
- It is said, “When you look into a horses eyes, you will find your soul.” Well, did you know this could very well be because “Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal.” Via HorseswithAmie
- To know a horse is to love them. If you don’t own a horse, you can always visit one. Horses are great stress relievers, even if you don’t ride them. Visit www.WolfCreekOutfitters.net and ask them for a moment with a horse!
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