Are horses healing? I’ve heard from so many people that they are. I know that having Chloe has opened my eyes to so many issues I need to deal with about myself. And our donkeys, Fanny and Lulu, ground me in away I’ve never experienced with any other animals. But what I was to experience at Blue Star Equiculture was different.
I woke up feeling low this morning. I knew it was because of the holidays. In the car, on the way to Blue Star, Jon and I talked about choosing to be happy, if it was always a choice and how to go about doing it.
I was still thinking about it when we got to Blue Star. But when we pulled in Pamela was heading out for a ride with writer Suzanne Strempk Shea and Josie, (who is sixteen, has been volunteering at BSE since she was 9 and won an award at the World Percheron Congress, with her horse Remix.) I didn’t even get to button my jacket and Josie was off Remix and offering to let me ride him. Someone else, (I don’t even know who it was) brought over a step so I could get on Remix’s back. Josie whispered something to Remix then told me he’d be good for me. I thanked her and only realized later how she gave up her ride for me.
I don’t understand why, but when I got on Remix, everything else faded away. I forgot how down I was as we made our way around the perimeter of the big pasture. And when we got back to the barn, I slid off of Remix’s back and thanked him for the ride and for putting up with me. He seemed to be listening to me, so patient and gentle.
And I felt different. The dark nervousness and worry that was churning inside of me was gone. I felt clearer, more like myself, the gloom of the holidays lifted.
I can’t tell you how it happened, only that it happened. And yes, I would say, without a doubt that horses are healing, probably in more ways than I’ll ever know.