What are the benefits of miniature horse assisted therapies and activities?
The psychological and even physical benefits from miniature horse assisted therapies are produced through the action of specific hormones. In fact it has been proven that people participating in guided interaction with therapy horses experiment an increase in the levels of the hormones oxytocin, dopamine and endorphins, the so called happiness hormones. These hormones help normalize blood pressure, decrease the perception of pain, reduce anxiety and stress and improve attention and social interaction.
Miniature therapy horses are very sensitive animals and highly receptive to the emotional state of the person they are interacting with, while simultaneously being very loving and people oriented. Miniature therapy horses awake empathy and tenderness, and above all make people feel valued and loved unconditionally. In addition they also motivate people to actively participate in rehabilitation exercises while transmitting calmness and trust.