How Horses Get PTSD: A Road Map
How Horses Get PTSD: A Road Map . As I began to work with horses that had a significant amount of stress that had been retained within their bodies, I began to realise that there were other controlling factors that needed to be considered and addressed. I began to realise this as I began to realise that there were other controlling factors that needed to be considered and addressed.
Before I could begin to treat a horse that could be suffering from PTSD, I needed to understand what PTSD was, what caused it to arise, and look at where it might have originated from. This is where the factor of PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome) was first explored and investigated. When I saw some of the basic research that had been done with people, I realised that it was based within the workings of the brain and that particular aspects or even a particular occurrence in a person’s life opened the door to PTSD. This realisation came after I saw some of the research that had been done with people. When I got to this point, I realised that in order for me to properly comprehend how it would influence the horse, I needed to go at a comparison between the brains of the human and the horse. The horse’s brain is much larger than the human brain. What I discovered via that comparison was very astounding; the things that I discovered showed me that both brains are equally as similar as they are different.
In the beginning, I came to the conclusion that the typical size of a horse’s brain is comparable to that of a large grapefruit, in contrast to the human brain, which takes up the majority of the space that is accessible within the human skull. The next point of interest that was discovered was that the capacity of a species to reason through a particular issue (the species’ cognitive skills) is directly related to the ratio of the size of the brain to the size of the body that it is contained within. This was the next point of interest that was discovered. When compared to the size and weight of the horse’s body, the brain of a person only accounts for around 1/50th of the total, while the brain of a horse only accounts for about 1/650th.
The next obvious step was to investigate the functioning of the horse’s brain, and it was here that I learned how and why horses think and react in the manner in which they do. Let’s begin at the very beginning: when a horse is born, they need to be ready for life because they need to have everything they need to survive the instant they are born. I have seen this described as being “ready for life.” Within the first hour of their lives, newly born foals are already able to stand on their own and are fully functional, as far as I can tell from what this statement means. Therefore, at this stage in their lives, the “brain stem,” which is an integrated element of the “reptilian” section of their brain, is in charge of controlling all of their behaviours. As the foal matures and develops, the reptile region of the brain takes on the role of the foal’s primary repository for new knowledge. As a result, this fact becomes a position of paramount significance. During this period of development, the primary areas of importance are the aspects of managing balance as well as developing better use of both eye and head movements. Other areas of relevance include developing better use of both eye and head movements.
As the foal continues to mature and grow, it will begin to rely much more heavily on the innate responses and communal decisions made by the herd, rather than on their own unique thoughts. After gaining an understanding of how the growth pattern of the horse develops, it can be categorised as a “sensory/feeling species,” as it is their reliance on their senses that ensures their survival. This stage of development is also controlled through the reptilian part of the brain. Understanding how the growth pattern of the horse develops allows for this classification.
However, before we go too far along, we need to return back to the human brain so that we can observe the region of greatest conflict between the two species. Interaction with humans begins at some time in a horse’s existence, and at some point after that, the horse begins to engage with humans.
Because we tend to use the “frontal lobe” section of our brains, we are referred to as a “thinking species.” The frontal lobe is the largest part of the brain, and it is the brain of the brain that enables us to speak, create, reason, organise our lives, and multitask in some situations. Other animals tend to use other parts of their brains. This region of the human brain has gotten so significantly more developed and larger in size than the region of the horse’s brain that it has become the most noticeable distinction in the way that each of the two species operate and interact with one another. It is how well we, as humans, use our highly developed area of our brain while working with and around horses that determines the result of each and every contact.
Repetition, in conjunction with linked cues or signals that produce a certain reaction behaviour, is the educational strategy that is utilised while teaching a horse anything new. At this point, the response that is obtained is entirely reliant upon the action that is taken by yourself; one essential aspect to keep in mind is that the majority of horses have very little choice over the environment in which they live.
Returning to the primary topic of discussion of this piece, we will come to the conclusion that in order to comprehend that horses, in general, who are relatively difficult to manage are most likely suffering from some amount of PTSD. After you have begun to recognise that you are dealing with that truth, it will be much simpler for you to work consistently with the problem that is now being presented to you.
To begin, let’s take a moment to reflect once more on the level of “cognitive” skills possessed by horses and how this level is significantly lower than that of humans. Due to the fact that horses’ cognitive abilities are lower than our own, we need to realise that there is no horse that is capable of handling stressful situations in the same way that we do. This is the primary reason why horses are resistant to change, and it is also the primary reason why they react in the manner in which they do; this is where I personally began to realise that it is extremely difficult for horses to be able to wrap their minds around our human experiences. This is the primary reason why horses do not do change very easily, and it is also the primary reason why they react in the manner in which they do. While I was doing research on the cognitive abilities of the horse, I came to the realisation that the fact that horses are constantly aware of their surroundings as well as what is going on around them is what causes the majority of the stress that is stored within the body of the horse. This realisation came about as a result of my research.
It is possible to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by being in or witnessing a stressful situation, which then triggers the release of two hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) that initiate an unbalanced condition that forces the horse to be in a constant state of hypervigilance, distrust, and, for many people, inaccessibility. When this occurs, the scenario that was initially difficult transforms into a traumatic situation. Prior to this moment, the situation was stressful. Unprocessed trauma, regardless of what caused it or even when or how it was created, has a very strong possibility of leaving emotional scars; even when the cause of the traumatic incident cannot be realised, it has a tendency to run deep, and in the process, it can cause havoc in both your own life and the life of your horse.
By releasing traumatical muscles, which will improve muscle tone, which will then encourage recovery from injury or muscle atrophy, which will then reduce the pain spiral, and then assist in detoxification as well as aid in lymphatic drainage by increasing drainage of the body system, emotional scars can be treated in horses, and this is being accomplished on a regular basis. Working with horses suffering from various levels of PTSD in this manner will start the release of the two hormones that make people feel good (serotonin and dopamine). This will then start the process of steering the horse back to a more balanced state and counteract the effect that was created by the traumatic situation created by the previously elevated levels of adrenaline and cortisol.
By using our patented Essential Oil Blends, Low Level Light Therapy, and Trigger Points Therapy to specific locations on the horse’s body, such as acupressure points, trigger points, or even the sites of injuries. By “Inviting Change Rather Than Forcing It,” we have discovered that the horse’s awareness is altered, and it is encouraged to rebalance not only physically, but emotionally as well. This allows for the horse to enter a state of profound relaxation, which not only enables the horse to access its own innate capacity for healing, but also enables the horse to function to its fullest potential.