New Psychology Today article by Sovereign Health highlights the important role horses play in the human experience

SAN CLEMENTE – Sovereign Health is pleased to announce the launch of a new article that’s now live on www.psychologytoday.com, “No Horsing Around About the Human-Equine Bond: These animals shaped our history and, today, are the ultimate therapists.” This article, written and edited by Ralph Ryback, M.D., Kristen Fuller, M.D., and Susan Logan-McCracken, is part of the human-animal bond series. This piece explores how for millennia, horses have worked for humans and now serve as the ultimate therapists.

“Animal-assisted therapy is commonly used among behavioral health treatment providers as well as in other medical specialty fields for its beneficial impact on mental health,” said Rachael Mattice, managing editor for Sovereign Health. “Sovereign Health’s third article in the human-animal bond series takes a closer look at the relationship horses have played in the human experience.”

This new article follows three recent Sovereign Health editorials also posted on PsychologyToday.com – “The Powerful Psychology Behind Cleanliness: How to stay organized — and reap the health benefits” explores the psychology of cleanliness and organization and why it makes individuals feel good; “Traumatic Brain Injury: The Invisible Illness. How a single concussion can change your life” focuses on the symptoms of traumatic brain injury and how it now makes up nearly a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States; and “The Brain’s Delicate Chemistry: The difference between a healthy brain and an unhealthy one is not wide” examines how chemicals in the brain communicate with other molecules that dictate neuroses and personality, and how, when these chemicals go awry, the human brain changes.

The American Humane Association defines animal-assisted therapy as a goal-directed intervention in which an animal is incorporated as an integral part of the clinical health care treatment process. Benefits of service animals and emotional support animals are endless, and horses have played a major role, not only in shaping the human experience but in equine and equestrian therapy as well.

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