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post #61 of 63 Old 03-22-2019, 12:29 PM
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Hi @Kriva !

That horse assisted therapy sounds wonderful!! I am a firm believer that horses can and do help people with disabilities, especially mental ones, in so many ways!! I'm not sure if they would have anything like that in my area, but I'm going to go and check up on it. The problem is any more than 3 people and I lose my mind with anxiety, but even so, maybe they could accommodate.

As it is, I'm making progress here at home with saying hi to my neighbors every so often, when I'm out walking and I see them feeding their horse. I do still need to meet the local vet and farrier that come out, but though I've seen them, I haven't had the courage to introduce myself yet.

Anyways, I'll look into that therapy, thank you again for the idea!!

You're welcome. I think most people on this forum completely understand that horses are the best therapy!! Horse people have known that secret long before doctors and therapists figured it out!

Saying hello to your neighbors is great! Sometimes that's a good way to start because if they are busy just a wave will suffice. Then you can be friendly without the intentional interaction until you're ready. It's odd for me, I'm shy/anxious about meeting new people. I'll talk to the person standing by me in line in the grocery store, but I won't go introduce myself to anyone. Kind of like a "drive-by" pleasantry is fine, but the one's that might be long lasting are difficult. I'm sure there's some psychology behind why I'm like that, but I haven't figured it out yet.
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I think I need to start with more or those "drive by" pleasantries haha!! I'm sure more people do those than you think, and looking at one of the threads right now, called "Friendless" there are a LOT of people claiming to have social anxiety. It really is a type of mental illness that plagues sooooo many people. I wonder if there is any correlation between people who become equine enthusiasts and those who have social anxiety? Or if its just some people have social anxiety and they happen to get into horses and horse sports. For me personally, horses have a bigger draw, almost because I can relate more with their behaviors and emotions due to my own illnesses. I wonder if others knowingly or unknowingly feel the same. Either way, horses are like magnets.

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I think I need to start with more or those "drive by" pleasantries haha!! I'm sure more people do those than you think, and looking at one of the threads right now, called "Friendless" there are a LOT of people claiming to have social anxiety. It really is a type of mental illness that plagues sooooo many people. I wonder if there is any correlation between people who become equine enthusiasts and those who have social anxiety? Or if its just some people have social anxiety and they happen to get into horses and horse sports. For me personally, horses have a bigger draw, almost because I can relate more with their behaviors and emotions due to my own illnesses. I wonder if others knowingly or unknowingly feel the same. Either way, horses are like magnets.

I've often wondered the same thing. Is it somehow that horses have a draw for those that aren't as comfortable around other people? Or at least crowds of people?

And horses are like magnets. Last week at my grandsons baseball game there was a house right next to the fields where there was a horse in a fenced area. (small town...horses in town are ok). At one point there were 6 or 7 kids standing at the fence petting the horse. At that point the "OMG someone's going to get hurt" feelings came out in me and I started to go shoo them away...but I didn't. But it did hit me that kids especially are just drawn to horses. Most of the time they aren't scared. There's that magnetism without fear that comes with the innocence of being a child.

That particular grandson that was playing baseball that day is slightly on the autism scale. He has social anxiety at the age of 3. He loves horses!!! No fear at all. Anytime he sees a horse he wants to touch it and pet it and get on it. He loves chickens too, but I'll stick with keeping him around horses, someone else in the family can get chickens
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