Russia: COVID-19 Front-Line Helpers Get Some Equine Love

Russian COVID-19 front-line helpers get some equine love in a new programme. Watch this video to know more.

Vaishnavi Navalkar

December 14, 2020

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This year has been hard on everyone but it has been harder for health volunteers and the medical staff caring for people during the lockdown to combat mental fatigue. Russia has launched a new program of psychological rehabilitation and it involved horses. A group of a young Russian women have helped countless residents in the last year. They delivered food, helped the elderly and the homeless when the Pandemic was at its peak in Russia. Now they have decided to come to a centre and release their emotional stress and lose themselves in a world full of horses.

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Ksenia Timakova, a participant of the Horse Therapy said, “When you’re riding on a horse in the forest, all by yourself, you feel a sense of peace and calm. Just being here for a year and a half leaves you with inner positivity and inner satisfaction. That’s why over the course of the past month, I have come up with ways to overcome by apathy, Thankfully its practically gone.”

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This centre provides equine-assisted therapy where people learn how to interact with horses, ride on horses and also learn how to groom and dress them. This therapy helps people reach a positive psychological state. The Deputy Director of Dobaraya Loshadka Centre Ekaterina Fedorenko says, “Hypnotherapy is communication with the horse to bond with it and finding a way to socially interact. Horses also live in herds and for horses to listen to you, you need to have good leadership skills so that the horse agrees to do what the rider wants.”

However, the US National Institute of Health said that there is not enough evidence of equine therap’s effectiveness. Another report claims that horse therapy improves balance, trust and quality of life. The horse therapy centre says around 90 volunteers have participated in the course which is offered free of cost.

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