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Discovering the Joy of Connection: How Horses Help Ease Social Anxiety

Have you ever felt a bit anxious in social situations? What if I told you that horses could help with that? Yes, you heard right – horses! This is the magic of equine therapy, a special kind of treatment where horses help people who find social interactions challenging. And the results? They're truly heartwarming.

A Heartwarming Study: Horses Making a Difference

A recent study in Korea has shown some amazing results with equine therapy. Let's look at the numbers:

- Significant Decrease in Social Phobia Scores: Participants' average social phobia score dropped from 64.50 to 46.92 in just three months. That’s a decrease of over 27%!

- Remarkable Reduction in Social Avoidance and Distress: The average score on the Social Avoidance and Distress Scale went down by nearly 23%, from 114.42 to 88.41.

These statistics show that spending time with horses in equine therapy can make a significant difference in easing social anxiety.

Why Horses?

Horses are not just magnificent creatures; they are incredibly sensitive to human emotions. In the presence of a horse, you learn to communicate and connect without words. For someone who's usually shy or nervous, this can be a huge confidence booster.

Riding and Bonding: More than Just Therapy

Equine therapy is more than learning to ride; it's about experiencing the world from a different perspective. It's a unique bond you form with these majestic animals, helping you gain confidence and feel empowered, especially if social situations usually make you nervous.

In Conclusion

Equine therapy is proving to be a wonderful way to help people feel more comfortable and confident in social situations. At our farm, Strides to Solutions, we witness the transformation of human-horse connections every day. It's not just about overcoming challenges; it's about discovering the joy and warmth of friendship, with both our two-legged and four-legged companions.


At Strides to Solutions, we're thrilled to be part of this transformative journey, helping our clients find comfort, confidence, and happiness in every stride with our equine friends. 🐴💛


Jeon BJ, Son SM. Social interaction changes in people with intellectual disabilities through the application of equine-assisted intervention in Korea. Am J Transl Res. 2021 Apr 15;13(4):3573-3581. PMID: 34017538; PMCID: PMC8129379.

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