Surprise..it's not just about me
. I am reading this beautiful book by Kathy Pike Called Hope when suddenly this thought crept into my head. What if all these different forms of Equine Assisted Learning/Facilitating/therapy aren't just about us? We can't deny the growth and healing that happens for people that engage in all forms of animal assisted therapy. If , indeed, healing and growth is what the person is after.
But what about the horse? I have heard it said, "what are we doing to the horse when we "use" them to heal us"?
I have to admit, it has stuck with me as well. Is this just another form of disregard for the horse that we humans have been so adept at doing? Let's face it. Our history with horses isn't all the commendable. We have eaten them, used them to carry us from one place to another..sacrificed them in war..delivering our mail...dragging our belongings from one place to another. Even for our entertainment we have abused these majestic beings..in early movies of the wild west, horses were injured and sometimes worse in order to make the scene realistic enough.
Not to mention the atrocities done in training just so we can win the our place at the top of the podium.
So why on earth would they want to help us?
But what if we are now helping them?
I know for myself, as a life long horse woman, I have experienced incredibly, beautiful moments when horses communicate back what my soul aches for. I have witnessed others discover strengths they didn't know they had and move through fear to places of truth and clear direction. All this through the amazing and intuitive actions and reactions of a horse. The response then back is of heartfelt gratitude and dare I say, love.
So what does that give the horse?
Respect...awe...appreciation...honour...courtesy and I believe..healing. We, as humans have a lot of ancestral healing to do for horses. I think it is their time to shine. I think it is our turn to serve. By becoming more honest and in alignment with our inner selves, we are healing the horse.
I am grateful for their patience.
So, to you, the Horse, I bow down.
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