HORSE PLAY

Country Living (UK) - - Health & Beauty -

A grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple are ex­plor­ing the ben­e­fits of ‘equine­as­sisted therapies’ for phys­i­cal and men­tal health is­sues. “Horses are prey an­i­mals, so are at­tuned at pick­ing up stress sig­nals,” ex­plains learn­ing coach Deb­bie Reilly (un­der­standinge­quus. co.uk). “A per­son may say they’re fine, or be­lieve they are, but a horse will pick up on real feel­ings and mir­ror this with its own be­hav­iour.” Just be­ing along­side horses can help you be­come more self-aware and em­pathic – and even aid those run­ning a busi­ness, says Deb­bie. “You need good lead­er­ship for a horse to fol­low you. Learn­ing how to read the signs, and how oth­ers read you, can im­prove work re­la­tion­ships, too.”

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