How My Horse De-Stresses Me
You tell us how being with your horse soothes your nerves and buoys your spirits.
There’s something about the outside of my horse that’s good for the inside of me. When I brush my sweet Half-Arabian mare Belle, or put my foot in the stirrup to ride, my mind leaves the worries of this world. A great escape (and good exercise, too)! Evelyn Quillen,
NY es, librarians get stressed, too. And when that happens, my husband banishes me to the barn for horse therapy. Scratching my big Paint gelding’s bum ( his favorite spot) as we listen to a book together makes all the worries go away.
Kristi Pierce, Illinois
o matter how stressful my day’s been, when I brush my gelding Noche’s face and he drops his head, I relax completely. He was abused and has had to learn to trust. Seeing how far he’s come is wonderfully satisfying. Lisa Wingebach,
California A t the end of a bad day, when I put my arms around my Appaloosa gelding Willie’s neck and breathe in the sweet scent of his warm body… that melts away every bit of my stress. Wendy Kunst,
Tennessee M y mare keeps my mind focused on her— and off whatever may be bothering me—whenever we spend time together. Megan D’Andrea, Ohio T alking to my doctor about exercise, I said I had horses to ride and feed, a barn to clean, a fence to fix fence, etc.— then mentioned that my horses also kept me from needing a psychiatrist. After a pause, he replied, “A psychiatrist would be cheaper.” Brenda Nesbitt,
In our crazy- busy, overextended, stressed- out world, I find the most important thing to relieve my stress is to be present in the moment. And because my horse is a mirror of what I’m feeling, being around him reminds me to stay in the now. Carpé Ridem!
Connie Merritt Hughes, California