Horses and Your Mental Health


Horses are not just beautiful animals with long eyelashes and soft fur; they can also help people with mental health issues. People with mental illness or disability may struggle to relate to other people, but horses are often gentle and easy to connect with. Horses can teach you about relaxation, mindfulness, and self-awareness—all useful skills for maintaining your emotional health.

Horses show you how to relax and be in the present moment.

There is something about the way horses live in the moment that makes them a great teacher for humans. They’re very good at staying present and peaceful, which we can all learn from. Horses are also very relaxed animals, so they can be a source of calm for you when you practice riding or grooming them. Their mindfulness will naturally rub off on you as well!

In many ways, horses are just like us: they love to play games, enjoy exploring new places, and have families (herd members) who they care about deeply. However, they don’t have any worries or fears like humans do—which is part of what makes them such great teachers!

Horses make people more aware of themselves and their environment.

Horses are very sensitive to their environment, and they experience fear, anger and joy just like we do. They have a sense of danger that humans don’t always have (which is why it’s important to learn how to react appropriately when a horse becomes afraid or angry). They can also sense our emotions better than we realise—and this can be an advantage for people who struggle with mental health issues like anxiety or depression. Being around horses can help you become more aware of your own emotions, too! Horses are great at setting boundaries with people that may otherwise cross them unknowingly. When someone is riding a horse for the first time, the animal will often take steps backward until they gain confidence in their rider’s ability to control them safely. This teaches us about how much space we need from others while being able to maintain positive relationships with them in order not only make ourselves feel good but also keep other people safe as well."

Caring for horses can give you a sense of purpose.

As you spend time caring for your horse, you’ll get a sense of accomplishment. You might be surprised at how rewarding it is to watch your horse eat or drink and know that you made it happen. This can be especially true if your horse has special needs and requires extra attention.

Knowing that your work is helping someone or something else can be very satisfying. Whether you have a pet at home or not, having an animal in your life who depends on you can help give structure to your day-to-day routine and provide an outlet for positive feelings when times are difficult for other reasons.

People with mental illness or disability may have difficulty relating to people but can relate to horses easily.

The horses are a good way to meet people and make friends. They can be an easy way to make new friends. If you have a mental illness or disability, this is very helpful because it can be hard for you to relate with other people. But horses are not like most humans; they don't judge or expect anything from you, and they're always happy to see you when you come back after being away for a while!

Horses don't judge; they accept you unconditionally, no matter what your past is like or what mistakes you've made.

Because horses are so willing to give you all of their attention, they mirror your behaviour back to you. For example, if you're angry or aggressive with the horse, they will react with fear or aggression. If you want to show that you can be calm and in control yourself, then it's important that the horse sees this in your body language too. In other words: don't act like a horse! We say this because some people might think that it would be easier just to pretend they understand how horses work - but this is not how we learn anything new!

If someone tells us something about ourselves that we don't want to hear (or something we feel guilty about), then we often try not listen so much in order not hear what they said again later on (e.g., "I'm sorry I yelled at my wife," or "she was only trying to help me"). Of course it's possible for people who care about each other but have difficulty communicating effectively when emotions are running high or when there have been trust issues between them."

Petting a horse increases oxytocin levels in both humans and the horse, creating a sense of safety and closeness.

When you pet a horse, oxytocin is released. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps people feel connected to others and to their environment. It's what makes you feel safer around the person you love, or when you're home after a vacation and the smell of your house welcomes you back.

Your brain releases oxytocin in two ways: 1) by petting the horse or 2) by touching something warm (like its flank). Often times, both people will release oxytocin at the same time. This can create a sense of safety that is felt by both humans and horses alike, especially if they've been through difficult situations together like abuse or neglect previously in life

Horses help with your emotional health in many ways

Horses can help improve your mental health in many ways. They can be a great way to connect with nature, which has been proven to reduce stress. They also have the ability to be gentle and loving, which can help you feel less anxious and stressed. If you’re living with physical disabilities or chronic pain, horseback riding is an excellent way to build strength and flexibility. You can even learn how to ride on your own at home!


In conclusion, horses are a wonderful way to improve your mental health! They give you an outlet to let out your emotions without judgment and help you become more aware of yourself and your surroundings.