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This week, The Weekly Beet reports from the stalls of former race horse, Hot Biscuit, a descendant of Sea Biscuit. Mary Kent goes riding, revealing the therapeutic benefits that being with horses can have on the mind, the body, and the spirit.
From galloping to trotting, there is alot more happening on horseback than most of us even realize! Growing in popularity as an emerging field in the realm of alternative medicine, Horse Therapy is the latest psychological technique that's healing emotional growth and promoting well-being. Wyatt Webb, founder and leader of the Equine Experience at the famous resort, Miraval, located in Tucson, Arizona, definitely knows a thing or two about horse power! He has created a program that will release fear, uncover what keeps us stuck, and point out repetitive patterns of behavior, all while explaining the secret language of horses. Using the horse as a kind of silent teacher, Webb says, "It's not about the horse. And it's also not about your boss, the company, your wife or your husband. It's about taking responsibility for your belief systems." He's been working his horse magic since 1992 and has since formulated a way to miraculously heal certain behaviors in people.
In his book, It's Not About The Horse, which is also Webb's infamous motto, he reveals that connecting with a horse is one of the most healing things we can do to learn and move past fears and self-doubt, which in essence free up energy to discover the inner workings of the self. He explains quite clearly that the interaction between human and horse is simply miraculous. Horses are a reflection of the emotional aspects of our being and respond to the positive and negative emotional energy that humans evoke. Webb firmly believes the way people treat a horse is precisely the same way they treat all relationships. After spending a day in the ring, we can testify that Webb has made a pretty accurate correlation.
The benefits of being with a horse extend beyond the mind and the spirit, and into the body. Here's a little more health info that will definitely get you stirred up! The sport of horseback riding:
- Develops balance and coordination.
- Increases muscle strength in legs, abs, shoulders, and back.
- Develops posture.
- Stimulates internal organs.
- Burns calories.
- Provides the perfect opportunity to be in nature.
- Increases flexibility and stability.
- Eases stress.
- Develops concentration and focus.
- Helps the rider connect with emotions and feelings.
- Increases self-confidence and eliminates fear
- Assists with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and learning disabilities.
Getty up! It's time to go horseback riding! Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week.
PS. Mary Kent is wearing shirt by J Crew and bracelet from Cottage & Vine.
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