Why Do We Love Horses So Much? The Truth
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Why Do We Love Horses So Much? The Truth

August 12, 2019


The majestic horse; a creature that not only
defined our history but enabled us to become the global culture that we are today. It can be argued that without the horse, humanity
would be limited, even today, to pockets of isolated primitive tribes. The horse enabled us to travel further and
faster and to carry heavier loads. This symbiotic relationship turned small tribes
into continent-spanning empires. But this is not a history channel and we believe
there has to be more to our love for horses than just their ability to carry us around
on their backs. Let’s take a deeper look at the horse and
humanity and get to know why we love horses so much. You’re Watching Animal Facts! 10. Horses carry us back to simpler times. Before the advent of the train and the automobile,
if someone wanted to travel from point A to point B, they had only a few options. Walking or an animal. While we did domesticate other animals that
were capable of carrying us or pulling carts; donkeys, mules, oxen, camels, and even elephants,
no animal represents the freedom than the quick and nimble horse to move around freely. Perhaps we romanticize that past, and perhaps
those times were not simpler, but in our collective mind, the horse represents a simpler time
like no other creature on this planet. What better way to return to natural old fashion
ways than to ride a horse. They don’t make loud mechanical noise or
leave nasty exhaust fumes. They don’t deplete the ozone or create hazardous
waste. 9. Horses are creatures of beauty. Few would disagree with that statement. Horses are beautiful animals. Did you know that horses have the largest
eyes of any land mammal? We are attracted to this beauty and grace. Perhaps the most captured creature in art
is the horse from cave paintings from 16,000 years ago to Renaissance to Modern art. Artists throughout human history have featured
the horse singly or as a mount for famous people. Horses are seen as the perfect combination
of form and function. A graceful beast with rippling muscles, yet
soft and approachable. But, as they say, beauty is in the eye of
the beholder. So, tell us why you think horses are beautiful. 8. Horses are engrained in our mythos. We have domesticated animals for a very long
time, mostly for food. But one animal was too important, too resourceful
too slaughter for meat, according to Alternate History Hub. It was different from the goats and cows;
the horse. Horses have been featured in art throughout
much of human history, but they penetrated much deeper into our culture than just our
art. Horses have featured prominently in our mythology
and religions, from pulling the chariots of the gods to ushering in the apocalypse. But in our mythology, a horse is not always
a horse. We have unicorns, Pegusis, and even half-man
half-horse Centaurs. Each of these mythical creatures based on
a horse, but with their own unique abilities. And horses are likely the most important animal
in human history. For more information about that, check out
the video by Alternate History Hub in the description. 7. Horses provide a sense of freedom and adventure. Your mind wanders as you explore country lanes,
woods, bridle paths, and cinder tracks. You go at your own pace – a sedate trot
or a full out gallop. The overwhelming feeling is one of freedom. In the saddle, you’re only a few yards off
the ground but this affords you a different perspective on the world. You spot things you wouldn’t normally spot
and, from your perch on a horse’s back, you are totally immersed in the natural environment. You can reach out and pick leaves off the
trees as you pass, you can pause to watch a bird eating berries or bring your horse
to a halt to admire a lovely view. You can’t help but live in the moment, at
one with your horse and nature, because there are no other distractions. 6. Horses encourage an active healthy lifestyle. When you are riding a horse, you are not simply
sitting atop it as it carries you from point A to point B. Horseback riding builds muscle and core strength,
balance and coordination as well as providing cardiovascular and mental exercise. Horseback riding can burn up to 200 calories
in 45 minutes at a walk and even more if you are pushing yourself and the horse harder,
according to a study by Texas A&M. 5. Horses promote positive mental health and
relaxation Humans and horses have maintained a healthy
relationship for millennia — research suggests people first domesticated the large ungulates
6,000 years ago in the western region of the Eurasian Steppe. Horses today have become key players in the
mental rehabilitation of many people around the world. How horses help with mental or behavioral
issues hasn’t been completely worked out by scientists but as prey animals, horses are
attuned to their environment and the people around them. They can sense the emotions of their rider
and respond accordingly. Horses can put people at ease because they’re
unbiased and non-judgmental, responding only to people’s intent and behavior. What’s more, they’re social animals with their
own personalities and are most willing to interact when people are engaged and work
to build a relationship with them. But, also, the time we spend with a horse
is a time we spend tuning out the often hectic world we live in. 4. Being around horses has a therapeutic effect. Anyone who’s spent time around horses knows
what a therapeutic effect they can have. But the evidence of such benefits has been
mostly anecdotal. Until New Mexico State University Associate
Professor of Social Work Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome set herself the task of proving those long-known
effects with evidence-based research centered around equine-assisted psychotherapy. By developing relationships with their horses
and with each other, participants in her studies gain valuable insight into themselves and
the struggles they face in life. Her studies seem to be proving an old adage,
“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” 3. They help you to socialize. Horses are social animals and horses are at
their best when they are with other horses. There are a number of ways to provide your
horse with the social interaction it needs, but if you only have one horse, then chances
are you will spend a significant amount of time with like-minded horse lovers. You’ll want to get to know your local riding
community. Don’t worry, they’ll be easy to find. I’m sure there’s even a local group or
two on Facebook. You and your horse both benefit from reaching
out to the riding community and you will likely make some lifelong friends from your venture. 2. Horses provide a sense of empowerment. The most common explanation for why we love
horses so much has to do with empowerment. Horses are large, powerful animals that can
be intimidating. Few would dispute that, we are attracted to
this power. Learning how to control a large 1,200-pound
animal and having that animal do what you want it to do, when you want it to do it,
is a truly empowering aspect of being around horses. Riders become empowered to control a large
animal that most people know nothing about nor how to handle. 1. A horse is a loyal partner. Horses have been domesticated as our partners. They get emotionally attached to us, just
like a dog, maybe even more so. Like dogs, the depth of the connection depends
greatly on several things, not the least of which is the amount of time the human spends
with the animal. Studies suggest that horses will remember
a friend forever, even after long periods of separation. Horses don’t consider you as part of their
herd but as something different and more special; a provider, a caretaker and a source of comfort. That’s a commitment you don’t get from
other animals and why that commitment is the number one reason people love horses. So, do you have a special bond with a horse? Tell us about it in the comments. Who here has never even ridden a horse, but
loves them anyway? We’d like to hear about that too. Hey, thanks for hanging with us. If you’re new to the channel, thanks for
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  1. I loveee horses ❤️my dream is to one day own a ranch and finally own my very own horse. There such beautiful animals ❤️❤️❤️

  2. well 1 is the same for dogs, not more so, dogs will always have the best connection to humans, emotionally. it's a proven fact.

  3. I started riding at 4 I loved my Appaloosa named Tico. I miss her she was a great friend. Horses are just wonderful and it pains me to see them mistreated.

  4. Horses gave us a bit of peace in nature. Trail riding was calming especially after a stressful day. The horses are gone now but we still love them.

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