Sleigh Rides in the Forest….

Feeding candy canes to a horse.

Standing over 1.6 meters, and probably weighing in at around 800kg, this majestic Clydesdale is eating candy canes from our granddaughter’s mittened hand.

‘Sleigh bells ring, are you listening. In the lane, the snow is glistening. ‘ Richard B Smith

A McMaster University study finds the benefits of spending time in nature as the following.

  • Increased feelings of calmness.
  • Increased endorphin levels and dopamine production (promotes happiness).
  • Restored capacity for concentration and attention.
  • Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Reduced irritability.
  • Lowered blood pressure and reduced cortisol (stress hormone)
  • Reduced feelings of isolation
Tom and Jake

Coincidentally, being around horses has a lot of the same benefits. Decreased blood pressure, lower stress levels, and reduced feelings of tension, anxiety and anger. In addition, studies show an increase of self- esteem, empowerment, patience, and trust.

Horse pastures.

After our wagon ride through the forest, we paid a visit to a horse pasture. Our 7 year old granddaughter called out to them, gently explaining to them that we were are a very loving family, and would cause them no harm.

Soon several beautiful horses approached the fence, trusting every word she spoke.

Thank-you so much to Rainbow View Farms for the wonderful outing.

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