Over the years we have experienced relationships with a variety of animals; cats, dogs, mice, rats, guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits, squirrels, chickens, and even a racoon. They have all brought a different experience to us. The common denominator was that respect and care given was returned many times over. The experiences we have had with horses have been the most profound. We are not alone as the following quotation from Linda Matthews illustrates.
“TO ANYONE THAT OWNS A HORSE! When your day seems out of balance and so many things go wrong ... When people fight around you and the clock drags on so long ... When some folks act like children and fill you with remorse ... Go out into your pasture and wrap your arms around your horse. His gentle breath enfolds you as... he watches with those eyes ... He may not have a PhD but he is, oh so wise! His head rests on your shoulder... you hug him good and tight ... He puts your world in balance and makes it seem all right. Your tears will soon stop flowing, the tension will be eased ... The nonsense has been lifted. You are quiet and at peace. So when you need some balance from the stresses in your day ... The therapy you really need Is out there eating hay!”
Animals and especially horses are a healing force in our lives. Their sensitivity to our physical, mental and emotional state is amazing. We can tap into that force, but we have to respect and honour them for the gifts that they have.
Thank you Linda for putting this into context for us.