There are so many benefits when it comes to owning a pet. From providing an emotional presence in the house to the heightened level of fitness that you can get when you walk the dog, life can be pretty interesting with pets in and around the house.
When it comes to owning a pet, most people will automatically think of getting a dog or a cat as a pet. True enough, cats and dogs are the top 2 pets that Americans love. In recent years though, horse ownership has been on the rise, and you may be surprised that there are actually plenty of benefits of owning a horse. From the enjoyment of working with the horse as well as the in-explainable emotional connection between humans and horses, these benefits can have a lasting effect on us. Let us find out what are some of the benefits of owning a horse.
Health is one of the many benefits of owning a Horse
One of the most obvious benefits of owning a horse is that it will help to boost up our health. This is really due to the rigors and fitness level needed when you take care of the horse or even when riding the horse. Do you know that you will need to have a good core strength so that you can sit tight in the saddle itself? Also, it can be a challenge if you have weak muscles in the lower part of your body as you will need the muscle fibers to hold you intact when riding on the horse! All of these muscle building activities can help to boost up your fitness levels and hence help to keep you healthy.
Of course, apart from the muscles that you will gain from riding the horse, there is still the daily activity of walking to the stable and maintaining it at the same time. You will develop a good upper body strength as you need the muscles to lug all the heavy necessities that the horses need. Owning a horse might be the best way to develop the abs that you have been craving for!
Emotional and mental health
It has been well documented that pets do help us to cope emotionally as well as helping to raise our mental health too. You see, when we spend quality time with our pets, it does help to secrete hormones that raises our moods considerably. And that is why some owners have gotten horses as it can be regarded as an emotional support animal. Technically, and emotional support animal is an animal that acts as a companion to the owner, and this can bring about many benefits as well as stabilizing any mental conditions that people might have, and this includes people who are suffering from emotional issues!
As owning a horse immediately brings you into a very selective group of people, it instantly grants you the ability to meet other fellow horse owners who might share the same level of interest and passion with you. There are more than one way at which you can meet new horse owners. From visiting stables to entering your horses into competitions, you will have plenty of chances to meet like-minded people. You will realize, as you go about meeting new people, your depth of knowledge about horses will be deepened and you might develop long-lasting friendship with fellow passionate horse owners.
Photographing a Horse any time of Day
I may not actually own a Horse but along with these benefits of owning a horse comes the biggest one for me! Getting to photograph them any time of day!! How fun would that be.
Jody Miller is a professional photographer specializing in Horse Photography, Equine Photography, and Equestrian photography. Her work can be viewed online here in her gallery section, and she is also featured at these Arizona Galleries: Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery on Whiskey Row in Prescott, AZ and Coops Coffee House at Talking Rock Ranch. Gift Shop at The Phippen Western Art Museum