Horse Happenings with Lindsey Partridge

Lindsey

Welcome to Horse Happenings, the podcast that focuses on learning to understand ourselves, our horses, the language that connects us & everything in between! Our podcast is hosted by Lindsey Partridge, a global leader in equine relationships. Not only does Lindsey have decades of experience in the equestrian industry as a World Champion competitor, film horse trainer & certified coach but is she a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in health sciences & specializes in public and mental health. She is also the founder of Harmony Horsemanship, a unique horse training program for all breeds & disciplines that focuses on building a better relationship with your horse using less is more techniques. Lindsey has been called “Canada’s Horse Whisperer” & regularly attends events around North America. If you are looking for a proven professional’s insight or tips on equine care & training you have come to the right place! Join us every Wednesday for your weekly dose of horse knowledge!

The Healing Power of Horses
Dec 15 2021
The Healing Power of Horses
In this episode, we are going to cover a recent study that was conducted by the Institute of Heart-Math, explaining how our hearts connect with horses and why horses have the power to calm us and bring us so much joy."Recent studies conducted by the Institute of Heart-Math provide a clue to explain the two-way ′′ healing ′′ that occurs when we're close to horses. According to researchers, the heart has an electromagnetic field larger than the brain: a magnetometer can measure the energy field of the heart that radiates from 2.4 meters to 3 meters around the human body. While this is certainly significant, perhaps more impressive than the electromagnetic field projected by the heart of a horse is five times larger than that of a human being (imagine an electromagnetic sphere around the horse) and it can influence straight into our own heart rate.""Horses are also likely to have what science has identified as a ′′ coherent ′′ heart rate (heart rate pattern) that explains why we can ′′ feel better ′′ when we're close to them. Studies have found a coherent heart pattern or HRV to be a solid measure of well-being and consistent with emotional states of calm and joy that is, we exhibit such patterns when we feel positive emotions.""A coherent heart pattern is indicative of a system that can recover and adapt to stressful situations very efficiently. Many times, we just need to be in the presence of horses to feel a sense of well-being and peace. In fact, research shows that people experience many physiological benefits by interacting with horses, including lower blood pressure and heart rate, higher beta-endorphins (neurotransmitters acting as pain suppressors), decreased stress levels, decreased feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, better social working; and greater feelings of empowerment, confidence, patience and self-efficacy."Pintura author: Svatava Hueberová