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post #1 of 16 Old 11-07-2010, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Can A Horse Help Mend a Broken Heart?

Has a horse helped you get over sorrow or loss? How?

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post #2 of 16 Old 11-07-2010, 06:19 PM
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Oh ya! Just by being near your horse and loving on them and gently talking. I think they understand when we are sad.
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post #3 of 16 Old 11-07-2010, 06:36 PM
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yup when we lost our friend evan out here all i had was my horse i was with him everyday he helped me but i lost him shortly after it was hard to lose both but i knew he had finished his job here and was happy in heaven.Horses always help me with my problems the one thing you can talk to that wont betray you is an animal

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post #4 of 16 Old 11-07-2010, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by FrannyGlass View Post
Has a horse helped you get over sorrow or loss? How?

Thank you!
When I lost my younger brother, 10 years ago, do to a sudden cardiac arrest (he was only 35), I had just brought my horses home. The daily care they required forced me to think beyond my needs/grief. Being able to cry into their necks without having to explain anything was very healing for me.

Last January, when I found a lump and later through tests and surgery, was told I had cancer, my horses again played a vital role in my recovery. This time it was to gauge how close to "normal" I could perform all my daily tasks. Very grateful that I was able to put up 400 bales of hay while I was undergoing chemotherapy. Many times, tossing 4 flakes of hay was all I could do, but those days, fortunately, those days were not long lasting.

So my horses helped me gauge if I was maintaining my normal daily activities. They never looked at me differently when my face was partially paralyzed from surgery (that has come back now), and treated me as me. I rarely show fear to my husband or family, but to my horses I could pour out my deepest worries, without the feelings of guilt in burdening my family. It left me being able to put a very brave front on for the people I love, and in turn , helped me to look forward. Looking past the treatments is so vital in recovery, at least for me it was.

My horses helped me remember the simpler joys in life, and reminded me what is important in my life. So while my family and friends are key factors in my life, my horses play a deep role too.

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post #5 of 16 Old 11-07-2010, 10:15 PM
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Oh, my....
Walkamile, that pretty much says it all (sniff, sob, type through my tears...)
Thank you for sharing that. Really.

Horses are so good for our soul in so many ways. They comfort us and give us their strength.
I can't think of a better "distraction" from other things that may be happening in our lives than our horse(s).

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post #6 of 16 Old 11-07-2010, 10:25 PM
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Walka, wow, that pretty much sums it up.

My boy Denny helped me keep my sanity during my parents divorce when I was 14. As cheesy as it sounds, he also helped me say no to drugs. When I was working back at my old job and was on the verge of being completely overwhelmed by stress and depression, I kept going knowing that my boys were waiting for me and could carry me away from all my fears and anger.
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Oh yes definitely, horses have helped me through some tough times in my life for sure.
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post #8 of 16 Old 11-07-2010, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by FrannyGlass View Post
Has a horse helped you get over sorrow or loss? How?

Thank you!
You ever heard of the saying, "they know you nervous, clam down?"
Horses know what we feel, I believe most animal do. Because of "Spiritual" stuff. But I won get into that.
Once I had this horse Jody for 1 year, I fall off her. I was okay but I was sad because I missed my old horse I had to put down. I started crying in the barn, Jody came over and seem slowly to made to better. Which now I almost had Jody 3 years.
Gosh, I almost cried writing this and it doesn't help I'm listening to sad country songs.
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These are such beautiful responses! Keep them coming! I'll tell my story later.. I didn't want to color the thread and just wanted to hear everyone speak from the heart. I'm new to riding (again:) and having grown older and hacked through life, it will be very different for me this time. More later.

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