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.
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
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.
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.