Every animal-parent will know that owning a pet is life changing. The most common types of pets such as dogs and cats can do wonders to your life and for the people that are lucky to be around them. Their unconditional love for their owners can do incredible things; from detecting early cancer to protecting them from danger to improving their overall health by promoting exercise are only some of the things that pets have been able to do for people’s lives.
Dogs and cats are the most common types of domesticated animals that live in people’s homes. On the other hand, there is a world of other animals people can adopt and house. Rescued farm animals are an excellent example of this; animals such as pigs, cows, llamas, donkeys, chickens and horses amongst others. However, horses, in particular, may be able to contribute things to your life that are vastly different from the rest of the animals.
A little bit of a background
- Humans have been living harmoniously with horses for centuries, and have allocated them with all sorts of roles and responsibilities.
- Horses have been used to perform farm and agricultural work, as they would be able to pull large and bulky items of machinery to make the lives of people more comfortable.
- In the medieval times, horses were also used as transportation and as defensive mechanisms when it came to times of war.
- More recently, they have also been associated with luxury and prestige when used in high- brow sports such as polo, horse racing and Olympic horseback riding.
- Horses have also been used as therapeutic strategies to tackle mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, but have also been used as tactics to treat rebellious and unmanageable teenagers.
- As you can see, horses have always been present in the lives of humans; but could be said to most of the time be involved for labour and work. On the other hand, if you wanted to keep a horse for the same reasons you want to keep a dog or a cat, horses could indeed bring other benefits too.
Emotional intelligence and social benefits
- Horses have been researched to be exceptionally emotionally intelligent in a way which makes them proficient in reading human emotions. This particular element of horses is incredible and could contribute towards better aspects of your life that you hadn’t considered before.
- Horses enjoy being around other horses and humans, which means that owning a horse could significantly improve your relationships and family life. For example, playing, riding or looking after the horse could be seen as a fun activity that can be done as a family; resulting in a fun and memorable quality time.
- Of course, having a horse is relatively on the different side of the spectrum, which makes it quite attractive to other people. Therefore, owning a horse and riding it around your neighbourhood (given that it’s safe to so) can be a great way to meet new people or get to know your neighbours.
- On the other hand, if you are looking to get away from the stresses of your life, horses have been shown to transmit feelings of calmness and tranquillity. Previous horse owners have accepted that despite it being an entirely non-verbal relationship, the connection that they have between them appears to be inexplicably unique and special..
Life-lessons and skills
- The work that surrounds owning a horse is a great way to teach your children about responsibility and about caring for other beings that are not themselves.
- Besides learning grooming, cleaning and feeding skills, horses will allow children to develop social skills such as empathy, respect, patience and compassion; qualities which will be very helpful in their future.
- Speaking of children, having constant interaction with animals may result in being extremely beneficial as they would have a smaller chance at developing allergies, and in the long run, help improve their immune systems.
- Horses can also make your life better by encouraging you to build and work on life skills that you might be lacking such as time-management and commitment.
- The care that is involved in taking care of horses is a lot different and intricate to what dogs, and cats require. Instead of short one to two-hour walks, horses need to move and exercise many hours more during the day. Unlike dogs and cats who are content in staying in your house, horses need a much larger space to graze and walk freely like a field.
- Having to consider these elements will teach you valuable lessons about commitment and prioritization. It will also help you (and your children) grasp a broader understanding of the value of money as looking after a horse is inevitably something that requires a significant investment.
- If you have trouble with coordination and keeping balance, horseback riding could be a good way to help. This is because when riding a horse, you are forced to use your motor function; hence improving it.
- As a byproduct, you will also strengthen your muscles, stimulate your sensory integration and even improve your cardiovascular system.
- Horses are not only able to improve your life but have been proven capable of enhancing the lives of other animals as well.
- Due to their familiarity with living in herds, their nature is to provide companionship and comfort to others. In that case, if you happen to have other pets or are thinking of adopting new ones, horses will for sure do everything within their abilities to make them feel welcome and loved. Especially if any of your other pets show signs of anxiety, you may find that placing them with your horse may be a good idea.
In short, horses have proven that they can improve your life in many different ways.
They can contribute positively from the individual level to ones that concern your entire
Every pet brings a different kind of joy and happiness to a household, but the advantages
horses bring, stand out among the rest.