It seems as though there is something magical that happens when tears fall, splashing down on a bed of horsehair. Now, I’m not superstitious and I really don’t believe in magic, but when life seems to be coming apart at the seams, my horses are my sanctuary. As a single mom who is studying psychology online, working as a freelance writer and helping out on the ranch, life tends to get crazy and feel overwhelming at times. Maybe you’ve been there too. It just seems like there are way too many things that have to happen in a day and not enough hours of daylight or energy to burn!
When life crowds in, it not only adds stress to your daily life, but keeps you from experiencing the true joy that having these hairy critters around can bring. I remember growing up, how I used to ride for hours for the sheer joy of it. Now, my time is in high demand, so I don’t ride as much, but when I feel like I can’t handle it, just taking a minibreak and heading out to the pasture for some chill time clears my mind.
Last summer, one day I headed out for just such a break and my 7 year old gelding, Sysco, must have sensed that I needed a hug. He is not normally the type to just come over for a scratch, but he walked right up to me, let me wrap my arms around his neck and turned his head around, giving me a horsey hug. Who needs therapy when you have a horse around?
I am glad to say that overwhelming moments are few and far between, but in this case, I believe God gave my horse a little nudge that I very much needed. He certainly works in mysterious ways and through whatever means He knows will touch our hearts!