I think they have gone over too far for my taste, but I can completely see the healing properties of horses. Being nuzzled for treats is not going to cure cancer, but it does help with other things. And what a wonderful place for those horses to live.
Horses are indeed spiritual healers. Being stressed out drains you mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and that affects you physically.
Going home, being with the horses, being apart of something so simple, so true, is rejuvenating. It heals the spirit because you can forget about your stresses. Horses don't care about your problems. You can let everything down and just be. It is awful. I live about an hour away from my horses and my dogs. I rarely have contact with them. It is tough. I am tired all the time. I don't really want to do anything. I worry about way too much. And every now and then I get to go home. When I go home I work my butt off. I clean, I groom, I play and play and play, and I work, and I am active. At the end of this flurry of activity, everything is better. I am not tired. I am happy. "I can't afford rent." turns into "I can figure something out." I love the creatures I have here, but they cannot compare to horses for all they give me.
I think it is because no matter what happens, horses are a constant. Your world can be falling apart around you. People could be treating you bad. You could be experiencing all sorts of unfairness and trouble. At the barn, none of that matters. The horses are the same no matter what. The faces might change, but the environment is still the same. They don't care what your problems are, and they are what matter in that moment, so you don't care what your problems are either. One of the most peaceful places in the world for me is in my pasture with my herd. I have a place there that doesn't change. They are never upset that I don't keep in contact. If I am a week or a month away from them, I can still walk back to then like I was never gone. They are a true source of calm and peace.
This doesn't mean there are no problems at the barn and all horses are these wonderful gentle angels. Horses are horses. The wild ones, the crazy ones, the gentle ones. It doesn't matter what they do. Just by being what they are individually is still better for the soul than most people could be.
I have often wished I could find a group of people that functioned like I horse herd. Leave for a couple of months and come back like nothing happened. No one mad at you because you didn't write.1
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