Beasts of burden, winners of wars and beloved as the sport of Kings -- now horses are being used to cure the ills of modern life.
From the time ancient Egyptians worshiped feline deities, animals have been viewed as a source of strength and healing.
Renowned psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud believed dogs helped his patients relax during sessions, while the Soviets used dolphins to treat people with mental health disorders in the 1980s.
No longer viewed as simply a crackpot alternative remedy for the rich and famous, equine therapy has gained a devoted following of psychoanalysts who say it has the power to heal people suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, phobias, anger issues and trauma.
@FranJurga writes: Trot on, Dr. Freud! We love to see articles like this one. Horses have been used for subtle therapy for eons, and many of us have been the beneficiaries without even knowing it was happening to us.
We suspect, though, that the horses knew it all along.
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