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Equestrian training is saving my daughter's life!
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Equestrian training is saving my daughter's life!

Two weeks ago we had what falls under the category of a "parent's worst nightmare". Our 16 year old daughter had communicated to a friend that she was going to kill herself.  Her friend contacted the police.  At 11 p.m. we heard a knock at the door and found 2 sheriff's deputies waiting there.  They explained why they were there and long story short - it has been a long 2 weeks of therapy and talking and crying and more talking.

A friend of ours mentioned that she has horses and invited Ashley to come see them. An immediate connection was made.  T.J., a 10 year old gelding has been Ashley's savior.  T.J. is a grandson to Secretariat and is such a gentle boy!  Within 2 weeks of spending time with T.J., Ashley's smile has returned.  T.J. gives her someone to talk to. He soaks up her love and trust like a sponge.

Until now Ashley has never spent time with horses.  I believe, after seeing her transformation, that horses should be used far more than they are.  Just allowing a young person the opportunity to make eye contact with a horse is therapeutic.

Horses are angels on earth.  I believe my daughter has a long road ahead of her to heal.  I also know that T.J. will be with her every step of the way.

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  1. Terri AP Widdowson
    What an amazing story! I know friendships with horses helped me through some difficult times when I was a teenager. May her friendship only deepen with her new friend!
  2. naturegirl
    Animals do that to us. I don't have my cats anymore and miss having a little one run to the door and greet me every time I get home, and purring on my pillow when I wake up. I've never actually owned a horse but can definitely imagine why this could be the same if you are with them constantly. Unconditional love is special, and should never be taken for granted. I voted! When you have the chance, please stop by my new article, The Vegan Question, and vote if you like it!
    1. naturegirl
      By the way, don't forget to vote for yourself!

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