So, where do I start?
Why would a person who has been in a career for over 30 years suddenly decide to become a ranch manager and Equine Specialist?
I mean seriously, WHY?
This decision really seems to come out of left field, as my background literally has nothing to do with psychotherapy.
Although my job as a driver was comfortable, I just wasn’t feeling fulfilled.
“Of the country’s approximately 100 million full-time employees, 51 percent aren’t engaged at work — meaning they feel no real connection to their jobs, and thus they tend to do the bare minimum.” Why so many Americans hate their jobs, CBSnews.com
As you can imagine, I’ve dealt with all types of personalities and I find people to be incredibly interesting.
Unfortunately, not everyone in that industry shares this sentiment. Well, this isn’t the case for me. To be honest, most I find most people fascinating. Interacting with the public was the highlight of my job and I learned so many lessons over the past few decades…
…but one thing I find to be true of all people…
“If you find out what their interests are, it’s the key to understanding them and unlocking new relationships.”
Sadly, our current culture is so self-focused, that we rarely take the time to get to know the people who surround us.
Which means we all miss out on a LOT! Just think about who and what we’ve overlooked because we are so absorbed in our own inner world.
So here I am today, an Equine Specialist at the Legend Ranch and guess what…
I LOVE it!
Helping people, one story at a time, has been incredibly satisfying.
To think that one activity or some attention can change someone’s day, week and life – well now that’s something.
It’s incredibly rewarding to see another human being transcend issues they have been struggling with.
So, far I’ve only touched lightly on the human side of this transition, but what about the equine side of this change?
I bet you’re wondering what I knew about horses when I decided to take this path…
…not a whole lot.
I was well aware that cowboys and girls ride ‘em and I’ve attended the odd rodeo which left me believing they really didn’t appreciate humans on their backs.
Horses also face health problems from these events and many develop back problems from the strain of trying to buck off riders. Rodeo distresses animals and remains unethical, PacificIndex.com
These large and powerful animals, that could seriously hurt you with one swift kick, were an enigma. I literally saw horses as untamed beasts that would likely be better off without me in their lives.
Well, I couldn’t be more wrong and this statement seems laughable now. I just want to give you some insight into where my head was.
What changed my point of view?
Quite simply, watching videos of sessions between horses and patients, talking to an Equine Therapist and participating in an actual equine therapy session.
The videos made me realize that what I saw at a rodeo is only a VERY small fragment of what horses can do.
Let’s face it if the only interaction you’ve seen is a horse bucking for dear life, with the sole intent of throwing a rider off its back…
….you don’t know anything about these magnificent creatures.
Not only are they gentle, but also intuitive about where patients are in terms of their ability and emotional state.
It was incredible to see that horses can actually connect to the way we are feeling and respond in kind. This was a revelation to me.
Although I’m still new to Equine Therapy, I have found my true passion.
The work I have done thus far had been incredibly fulfilling. The most thrilling part of this journey is that there is so much more waiting for me to experience and learn.
The smiling faces of those who engage in this kind of therapy are such a gift to me. When you watch someone who is riddled with pain find happiness – well there is nothing quite like that. In fact being part of this does as much for me as it does them!
There aren’t many things finer than having a horse walk up to you and nuzzle your hand or rest its massive neck gently on your shoulder as if giving a hug. It’s heartwarming.
This experience has opened my heart and eyes and I sooo look forward to what the future holds for me in coming years.
The sparkle in the eyes and the smiles on the faces of those who come for therapy and are embraced by the heart of a horse – what that’s worth its weight in gold.
If you want to find out more about equine therapy give us a call today!
Moscow, Idaho Address:3320 Hwy 8Moscow ID 83843
Legend Equine Psychotherapy Program (“LEAP”) is an alternative approach to traditional counselling. Patients gain insight into their behaviour through their relationship with therapeutic horses. A unique bond between horses and humans exists that encourages growth and connection. When talk therapy just isn’t enough, equine therapy makes inroads and breaks downs walls.