February 13, 2011

Horses exude love. This Valentine’s Day, I am holding this close to my heart. What they have offered to me and my clients is unconditional, available love. One example of this occurred upon my return from New Zealand. My horse, Jazz, who I had not seen in five weeks, noticed me from across his turnout as I fiddled to put on my boots next to my car. His ears pricked up, his gait quickened, he assertively walked to the fence, extended his head, looked directly at me, and nickered. My heart fluttered. It was as if he was saying to me, “Hey, I missed you. Where have you been?”

Another example of this happened with one of my Contact With Horses clients this past week. A young girl that provide equine-assisted therapy for at Joder Arabian Ranch works with the same horse every time. The horse’s name is Tucker. Tucker is an elder Morgan, bay, gelding. Although the young girl did not want to be at the session, Tucker came over and stood next to her in the pasture. He didn’t do much other than just stand there, but as the girl explained all that was troubling her in her life with family and friends, her feelings of sadness and anger, Tucker stepped closer and stopped. “He’s not going away,” the girl stated. In fact, as she talked about her struggle, Tucker was getting closer. “I guess I can be ok with with all this, if Tucker is.”

Horses provide unconditional love often. No matter how dark, scary, or chaotic our lives can be, when you are with them, horses know, that right in the present moment, right here, right now, things are ok. To all the horses out there, thank you for your love, presence, and being. The world is a better place because of you.

Jazz and I


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