Horse whisperer aids those struggling with mental health

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Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, stands with his horse named Madrid in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, December 9, 2017. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, gestures in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, July 27, 2017. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Loreto Garcia, patient of emotional therapist Fernando Noailles, embraces a horse in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, December 4, 2017. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, sits in his car, surrounded by horses, in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2016. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
The horse of emotional therapist Fernando Noailles, named Madrid, is seen in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, July 27, 2017. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, sits on his horse named Madrid as it takes a drink, in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, December 9, 2017. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, and his patient Loreto Garcia attend an emotional therapy session with a horse named Madrid in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, December 4, 2017. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, and his patient Maria Lopez Herraiz attend an emotional therapy session with a horse named Madrid in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, April 27, 2018. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, and his patient Loreto Garcia (not pictured) attend an emotional therapy session with a horse named Madrid in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, December 9, 2017. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
A horse belonging to Fernando Noailles stands near a barn in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2016. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, gallops on his horse named Madrid in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, December 9, 2017. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, caresses one of his horses in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2016. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Horses belonging to Fernando Noailles, are seen in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2016. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, sits on his horse named Madrid in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, April 27, 2018. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, stands with his horses in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, July 27, 2017. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, lays on top of his horse named Madrid in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2016. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, kisses his horse named Madrid in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, April 27, 2018. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
Fernando Noailles, emotional therapist, walks with his horse named Madrid in Guadalix de la Sierra, outside Madrid, Spain, April 27, 2018. Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. REUTERS/Juan Medina 
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In the Guadalix mountains outside Madrid, Argentine horse whisperer Fernando Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety.

The 57-year-old, who spent many years in the Patagonian wilderness living with horses, uses the animals as a way for patients to interpret and control their emotions.

People who come to his sessions spend time with the horses and learn through the movement of the animal what mental state they themselves are in, says Noailles, who charges up to 120 euros per session.

"The horse is a mirror," he says. "They are gregarious creatures, born to live in herds."

The therapy consists in monitoring how the horse responds to the client's moods. From watching the horse's reaction, the client learns how to identify and control emotions, he says.

"People in the first session, when they are in a difficult state of mind, see a horse that doesn't stop, that moves, that even gallops. The horse is showing you a mind that doesn't stop, that is tormented," he says.

Loreto Garcia has spent two years in sessions with Noialles to help her cope with stress.

"Fernando sees the reaction of the horse - he can tell if I'm centered in the moment, how I feel. He uses the horse as a guide to let him know how the session is going," she says.

WRITING BY SONYA DOWSETT

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