Working with rescued horses can be very difficult when we see the results of past abuse or neglect. We can begin to feel ourselves becoming very angry about how the horse was treated, what he had to go through and so on. This anger at the horse’s past can spiral into anger about the world as a whole and anger toward humanity’s treatment of horses in general. Pretty soon we can find ourselves angry all the time.
In reality, this anger will only distract us from our primary goal, which is to help the horse. If we are angry, the horse will sense that and not want to connect with us. They may even feel fearful of us because our inner anger (which they can sense from us from quite a distance) feels like something negative they have experienced in the past.
If we can focus instead on our desire to help the horse, our anger can be mitigated by our compassion. It can also help us to see the horse with our hearts instead of our eyes. If we can see deeper into the very essence and spirit of the horse—see that beautiful, hidden inner light just waiting to shine out—it will be easier to work through any difficulties we face with patience and calmness. When we approach our rescued horse with this mind of inner peace, everything will flow much more easily toward healing, trust, and positivity.
When working with a rescued horse, we can find ourselves dealing with many health problems, both physical and emotional. As we nurture the horse toward healing, we may find ourselves worrying: worrying about other problems that might manifest, about how and if the horse will be able to fully heal from illness and injury and so on.
Worrying and fretting about things beyond our control is not helpful for us or the horse. If we can again look deeper into the heart and spirit of the horse to see him as already healed, we can help our horse find the hope and courage to get better. We can, for example, see how shiny their coat must have once been, how they would look with proper weight on their bones. We can imagine they are running with strength and vigor across the pasture.
When we begin to look at the horse for who he really is, for his inner, beautiful potential, he will sense this and our relationship can deepen. And in that deepening of trust, the healing of the heart begins. This is where all healing starts for the rescued horse—with the healing of the heart