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post #11 of 16 Old 11-07-2010, 11:05 PM
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Yep when My cousin died 2 years ago, then when my memaw died a year and a half ago, and then when my grandma died about 8 months ago. Don't get me started on my cousin (30 years old and shouldn't be dead)... But my horse eased the stress greatly, they know you more than anything.
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post #12 of 16 Old 11-09-2010, 07:58 AM
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Most definitely, that is why there are so many therapeutic riding stables.
Also, for me, when I am riding I TOTALLY forget some crap that I am going through and don't even think about it at all. Where as, most of the day it constantly runs through my head and I get depressed. Also, the depression is completely gone.
Horses are awesome. 3 times in my life I've vowed I'd never own another horse or even think about them. HA, just got another horse this last week, that lasted a year.

When you give a personal lesson in meanness to a critter or to a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson.

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post #13 of 16 Old 11-09-2010, 09:08 AM
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My horses have helped me cope with many things. Especially because they're the same from day to day, and human tragedy doesn't enter their world.

I had an appointment to get my horse's teeth floated on Wednesday, 09/12/01, so had put in to take the day off a week prior. We all know what happened on 09/11/01. I worked right outside the Pentagon then, so we got to see and hear part of the devastation firsthand.

The first thing after I got home that day was go to the barn to see my horse. He was his regular self, and that helped calm me and put things into perspective. His blissful unawareness of the tragedy the U.S. population endured that day made me realize how blessed I was to have a sanctuary in the midst of all the emotional pain.

He was the same horse that helped me through the death of my maternal grandmother, my parents' battles with cancer, and the end of more than one romantic relationship. He was my rock and anchor in this crazy, emotional train wreck I call my life.

When I had to put down that horse in July of 2007, the two horses I had remaining helped me cope with his devastating loss because they still needed to be fed, watered, groomed, ridden, and I couldn't bury myself in my grief, even though I wanted to. Like Conny before them, just them being their regular selves made it bearable for me.
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post #14 of 16 Old 11-09-2010, 01:00 PM
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Just wanted to say thanks for the stories all - as I sit here a little teary eyed at my desk. My only response to this is yes - the details are moot. The fact that no matter what happens, my horse still loves me for just me says it all.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-09-2010, 03:51 PM
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My horse dislike stanger but I brought a kid up to her, I know the kid was a bit scare but I would have save the kid with my own life though. The horse doesn't like stranger but she saw the kid was scare. Suddenly she become friend and made the kid feel safe. I treated my horse to some apples and tasty oats. Through she doesn't like stranger and she green broke I won't put a kid on her. But now I would let a kid pet her. When I'm stressed out over life, I'll go out to the herd of horses, (aka 3 horses). I have a big pasture for them. So I got tired of looking and sat on a log, I was so stress. The horses came up to me, I stayed with them, I felt free and stress free. I felt a lot better when I'm around them not only when I ride but just being with them like my other pets, cat and dogs, ect.
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-10-2010, 02:47 PM
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Horses have helped me through the loss of relatives, friends, other pets, a couple of divorces, many break-ups, and a few mental break downs, and a few physical break-downs. The best part is that they're there, and they do understand in their own horsey way...in times of pain AND in times of joy.

My latest fall is a good case in point. I came off of Rook almost 2 weeks ago. When I got back on to ride back to the trailer, he took really really good care of me. He even put his head at my butt when getting on...even though the friend I was riding with was pulling on the rein to have him straighten up. Since then (I'm still in pain) he has turned into a completely different horse when I'm leading him in and out of the barn at feed times. Before, I would have to take long steps or spin him around to get his attention back on me. Now though, he's taking baby steps when I lead him. I was watching how he was putting his feet down a couple of days ago, and his strides are shorter than mine. Nobody can tell me that they are dumb animals or that they don't understand how their person is feeling.

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