Interesting. I think I'm like
in that it's not like I'm tempermentally a really anxious person, it's more like my brain is always running and running, and I'm always thinking about what-ifs and possibilities, and that can lead to anxiety. My husband was always telling me I should meditate, and I was like, "No way, no time, not sitting around thinking about nothing." But I noticed pretty quickly that when I was with horses I went into this zone where I was just doing (and now, just being), not thinking. Don't get me wrong, I would think about it plenty afterwards (Why did this happen, how could I have prevented that, how could I do that other thing better, what was the horse thinking in that situation), but when I was out there, that part of my brain just shut off. Even just shoveling manure, that part of my brain shuts off.
I mentioned this to my husband (that I think I have less anxiety now) and he said that from his perspective it's not so much anxiety, but I've just become a lot more relaxed and not as likely to get upset over things. He said he had definitely noticed this in the last year or so.
Now I'm wondering if I can figure out how to bill my horses to my insurance company ("See, I don't need medication or therapy, just horses!" They provide exercise also!"). LOL. If I didn't have to worry about paying for their board, I think what little lingering anxiety I have would disappear.
ETA: perhaps somewhat related is that I think having Teddy has made me a kinder, more empathetic person. He's so sweet and tries so hard, but has so many issues. I really had to work to understand where he was coming from, and to treat him as he was and not as I wished he was, and I think that has translated to how I treat humans as well.