You don’t need a PhD to know that time spent among animals is good for the soul, but it can be good for your mind and body as well. In recent years, there has been an ignited interest in what industry experts have formally dubbed “equine-assisted therapy”.
Official studies regarding the methods and effects of horse therapy are relatively new, consolidated and recognized under their own umbrella in roughly 2007 or so, and are now explored and accepted as alternative options for traditional therapy treating mental health, cognitive behavior, and physical rehabilitation. The potential applications are endless and the available information is vast, but if you’re interested in exploring the idea, the WebMD has a pretty useful and concise rundown of what horse therapy is/can treat and it can point you on the path, equipped with questions you may want to ask potential providers.
Now, taking a step back – or “reining” it in a little, if you will – we’re definitely not doctors, mental health experts, or experts of any kind, for that matter, but we do have some first-hand experience with the unofficial benefits of growing up “horse girls”.