I recently stumbled upon a heartwarming story I had to share.
This story echoes the transformative power of equine therapy.
It’s a topic we’ve delved into with our book club pick, ‘The Horse Cure: True Stories: Remarkable Horses Bringing Miraculous Change to Humankind.
Meet Natasha from Southern Alberta, a vocal advocate for her local equine therapy non-profit, the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association
Now, if you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that we’re big believers in the healing power of horses.
We’ve seen firsthand how these majestic creatures can help us heal, grow, and learn in ways that traditional therapy sometimes can’t touch.
Natasha’s story is a testament to this incredible phenomenon.
Natasha found solace and support at the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association, a place that offers individuals with special needs hands-on instruction in riding and horse care.
It’s much like the therapeutic riding center we visited last summer.
The one where we saw children and adults alike finding joy, confidence, and peace in their interactions with horses.
Natasha’s experience has been so positive that she’s calling for more places like this. And I couldn’t agree more.
As we’ve seen in our reading and experiences, horses have a unique way of connecting with us humans.
They can help us heal, grow, and learn in ways that traditional therapy sometimes can’t touch.
But it’s not just about the therapeutic benefits. It’s also about the sense of community that places like the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association foster.
Individuals come together, united by their love for horses and belief in these magnificent creatures’ healing power.
They learn from each other, support each other, and grow together. It’s a beautiful thing to witness.
And let’s not forget about the horses themselves. These animals are not just passive participants in the process. They are active, engaged, and incredibly intuitive.
They seem to understand us on a level that sometimes even our fellow humans can’t.
They respond to our emotions, mirror our energy, and challenge us to be our best selves.
It’s a relationship built on mutual respect and understanding, one of the most rewarding aspects of equine therapy.
So, here’s to Natasha, the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association, and all the other individuals and organizations out there harnessing horses’ power to bring about positive change.
Your work is making a difference, and we salute you.
Stories like Natasha’s remind me why we’re all part of this horse-loving community.
Whether it’s through riding, caring for, or simply being around these magnificent creatures, we can find a sense of peace and purpose.
To learn more about equine therapy, check out this video:
And that, my friends, is something truly special.
Let’s continue to support and advocate for more places like the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association, where horses and humans can come together meaningfully.
For more heartwarming horse tales like Natasha’s, check out our list of true story horse movies.
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Emily is a native of Colorado, currently living in Glasgow, Scotland, working as a freelance writer. She is a long-time horsewoman, having started riding at the age of 6, then competing in dressage around Colorado and Massachusetts, where she finished her undergraduate degree in psychology.
Following a move to the UK and a PhD, she worked for a few years as a freelance horse trainer in Central Scotland. She’s interested in holistic horsemanship, fostering better communication and understanding between horses and humans, riding with lightness and softness, and she’s forever seeking out the newest research into equine behavior and psychology. When not writing, she can be found at the barn with her two equine partners, Foinavon, an ex-feral Highland pony, and Hermosa, a young Andalusian.
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