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Unbridling the Mind: The Powerful Impact of Horses on Mental Health

Updated: May 31, 2023

As a lover of both horses and photography, I have always been enthralled by the beauty and grace of these majestic animals. What also fascinates me, is the incredible impact that horses can have on our mental health.

Equine therapy and mental health benefits

It's amazing how spending time with horses can have such a positive impact on our mental health!

Studies have shown that it's therapeutic to be around these beautiful animals. People who struggle with anxiety, depression, or PTSD have found equine therapy to be incredibly helpful.

Even just being in the presence of horses, grooming or just sitting next to them in the pasture, can lower your stress and anxiety levels. In addition, spending time with them can help you improve your communication and social skills.

These amazing animals just have a way of making us feel more relaxed and connected to the world around us.

I was always told that I was a difficult person who needed to relax and stop being so difficult and emotional. For the most part of my life, I was not aware that I had a sensory processing disorder, causing me tremendous amounts of anxiety and mental health issues in general.

Being around horses calmed me down, I was able to feel grounded and reach a certain level of relaxedness. In the beginning of my horse journey I was not yet aware of my condition. But I think it is safe to say that my experience with horses was the catalyst to find out more about why I had this reaction to horses.

black and white photo of girl with hat walking in the woods with a horse

How horse photography fits into the mix

For me, photography has always been a way to capture the beauty and emotion of a moment. When I'm taking photos of horses, I'm able to connect with them in a way that is hard to describe. There's a sense of calm that comes over me when I'm behind the camera, watching these magnificent animals in action.

One of the things I love about horse photography is the challenge of capturing the perfect shot. Horses are constantly in motion, and it can be difficult to get the timing just right. But when you do, the result is a stunning image that captures not only the power and grace of these animals, but also the strong bond between human and horse.

We horse owners know that these beautiful animals hold a special place in our hearts. They are more than just animals. They are an important member of our lives. And it is so important to capture the special moments we share with them.

female photographer with short red hair and white t-shirt taking photo of young woman on icelandic horse

Celebrating our wins

Horses definitely have the ability to help us improve our mental health, or even merely lift our moods. And photography is a wonderful way to capture the special moments we share with them.

So, if you're as passionate about horses as I am, why not take the opportunity to capture some stunning photos of you with your equine friend?

Whether you want to hang them up on your wall or share them in a beautiful album to look through with your friends and family, I would be honored to help you create something truly special.

Don't hesitate to contact me to book your very own horse photography session!

black and white photo of a young woman taken between the ears of a horse


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