April 12, 2010

Dad was telling me about an awesome experience that was gratifying, humbling and spiritual he just returned from.  He spent time volunteering at a horse rescue/sanctuary near the western slopes of Colorado.  On this small ranch is an organization dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing home to horses  that are no longer wanted, have been abused/neglected, and/or have been surrendered due to financial hardship.  Employees, volunteers and donors of this organization are giving these defenseless horses another chance at life  in a safe and caring environment.  Organizations like these take in our animal friends, educate people on how to care for these animals, place our animal friends in qualified/caring homes, and offer forever counseling (work with the animals to make them feel secure and safe around humans after they may have suffered terrible abuse as of prior experience with a human(s). 

It was interesting to learn that often times an abuser doesn’t just abuse one animal, but often has been abused themselves or have abused others, including people (old and young). 

Dad said if you have never been around horses, you need to take the time to do so, even if it means just sitting on the other side of the fence (not me, I want to be in with them, sniffing around).  Horses have a spiritual way about them, their calmness, beauty, and karma.  Dad says to work with horses brings you even closer to these feelings and perhaps even teaches you something about yourself that you may have never felt before.  I can tell they have for Dad.

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