HEALING HORSES — Society has long regarded the horse as a mere servant to our needs. We have spent years exploiting and utilizing them for our own entertainment. We have assigned a value on their use rather than learn to truly understand them. They are often required to have a “job,” a purpose in life. We have used them as means of transportation, as workers in agriculture, and as objects of entertainment. They have born the brunt of our abuse, neglect, and indifference.
Time after time when they no longer suit our needs or can no longer gain us a profit, we toss them aside without a second thought. It is estimated that nearly 100,000 horses are slaughtered for meat on an annual basis – school horses, racehorses, a child’s beloved companion, as well as the tired and broken ones, none are spared this horrific fate.
Somewhere along the line we have either forgotten or chosen to ignore the fact that these are living beings capable of deep feeling and emotion. They have a natural ability to accept those in need without prejudice when given the chance to do so. Horses can truly make a difference in our lives. They can help us to gain confidence, accept who we are, feel at peace and heal emotionally as well as physically – all without ever placing a saddle on their back.
For those deeply involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of neglected and abused animals, especially horses, it is a two-way street. They heal us as we heal them. At a distance, the concept may be difficult seem somewhat foreign. There is no greater feeling in the world than being in the presence of such magnificent creatures and being able to help them achieve true peace.
Excerpted from One Green Planet; by Karen Boswell; April 6, 2017.
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