WW, I LOVED reading about what you and your wife's plans are in the future. I do hope that it happens sooner then later!
As a survivor of abuse and someone who just very recently was able to spend time with a horse I can vouch for how healing that may possibly be. I've always wanted a horse, but never had the opportunity to be around any horses until last year. I no longer babysit for the family so I don't get to see the horse anymore and the time spent with the horse was very little. Still, I enjoyed very moment of it and it reawakened my love for horses after so many years.
I don't have a lot of experience with horses, but I'm thinking about volunteering at an equine therapy place that I found near me. I'm just not sure what the process would be and if they would even let me volunteer when I don't know much about horses. However, I'm hoping that in the future I will be able to own a horse and a few acres. A dream that I had let go of and had decided would never happen for me! Perhaps it is still possible.
Have you ever heard of Aubrey,TX? There seem to be a lot of trees around there and ranches.