This brings a whole new meaning to horseplay. "If you could talk to the animals....".
This from BBC News Scotland:
Horses used to help drug addicts
Patients learn how to communicate with the horses
An innovative drug and alcohol programme using horses is being trialled at a hospital in the Borders.
Recovering addicts at the Castle Craig Hospital are taking part in treatment known as equine-assisted psychotherapy.
Patients are encouraged to carry out simple tasks, which require them to successfully communicate with a horse.
The programme is said to help drug addicts and alcoholics understand there are no instant solutions to their problems. The horse work complements a 12-step recovery programme, based on total abstinence. Hospital chairman Peter McCann claimed that while it was more expensive in the short term, the programme had a 50% success rate.