Our horse Albert spent sixteen years as a school horse in therapeutic riding programs here in Virginia. Sometimes, I’d just go out to the barn and look at him working. His heart and focus and concentration during therapeutic lessons inspired me to write Chancey.
The amazing thing is that there are hundreds..maybe even thousands of horses working in therapeutic settings all over the world. Of course, if you love horses and have one or two in your life you probably agree with me that EVERY minute spent with a horse is therapeutic in one way or another. Even on those days when my will and Albert’s will diverge, there is something honest in that interaction that holds me accountable to being aware and present to myself and to him.
Here’s another inspiring story about the therapeutic impact of the horse-human relationship. There are so many more stories like this; I love sharing them with you when I find them. This story highlights the Rose of Sharon Equestrian School in Maryland.
For more information about therapeutic riding visit PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International)