Side effects of horses may include: Health; happiness; friendship; the uncontrollable desire to get outside and ride.
The National Institute of Health has announced the discovery of a potentially dangerous substance in the hair of horses. This substance, called “amobacter equuii” has been linked with the following symptoms in females:
- Reluctance to cook, clean or do housework.
- Reluctance to wear make-up, good clothes or heels.
- Reluctance to spend money on home or car repairs until after “baby has new shoes, pad, blanket, tack, grain, hay & supplements.”
And while this is a humor piece, we’d argue that time spent with horses does, in fact, have side effects for both men and women, and most of them are positive.
For example, spending time at the barn, on the show circuit or at local saddle club events could lead to an expanded social circle. There are even reports of afflicted people meeting their best friend or significant other through their involvement with equines.
The psychological effects of horses are well-documented. Time with a horse can replace feelings of sadness or anxiety with peace and contentedness. Many riders find that they have a new sense of confidence once they discover they are able to work with a 1,000-pound animal, and that confidence spills over into their life outside the barn.
In order to feed their addiction, some equestrians even cite improved fitness, weight management and a desire to spend time outdoors and away from electronic entertainment as they pursue their need to become a better rider.
We want to know what side effects you’ve experienced from riding or being around horses. Click “Submit a Comment” below and share your thoughts. Some of the editors’ favorites will be published in an upcoming issue of Horse Illustrated!
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