What Can a Horse Do for My Recovery?

60 million years ago the modern horse evolved from small dog like animals. Horses vanished from both north and south America in a wave of extinction at the end of the Pleistocene epoch, about 15,000 years ago. They almost became extinct in the rest of the world as well. About 7000 years ago, the only horses remaining on earth were confined to a small area in the still open grasslands steppes of Ukraine and central Asia.

When you think how long horses have been on this earth, you know they are survivors. In addiction recovery you, too are a survivor—living in spite of the terrible opioid crisis that’s cost so many lives. Horses have much to offer you in recovery. For one, they put you in touch with your wild heart—the place where you can feel intimately connected to the earth and nature. Horses help your recovery by teaching you about living in the moment. They are large animals that use the fight or flight method to stay alive. If they startle, and you are not paying attention, you could get hurt.

Being with a horse can bring you in touch with your senses. An addiction can make people’s senses numb. When in the presence of a horse, four out of five senses are activated. In order not to get stepped on when tacking up the horse, you listen for any sounds of movement the horse may make. You may love the way the horse smells, but not enjoy fresh manure as much! When you groom the horse, you will be touching him or her. Their coat can be smooth and silky in summer, and thick and luscious in winter.

A horse can aid in your recovery because it will reflect your mood back to you. You may not realize how you come across to others. When you’re cranky or ill tempered around a horse, they will reflect your mood back to you by a firm response. As you get to know an individual horse, you may find you’re more relaxed. You may experience joy and wonder in the horse’s presence, and in turn work towards changing your behaviors because of what they teach you about yourself.

“He moved like a dancer, which is not surprising; a horse is a beautiful animal, but it is perhaps most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music.”―Mark Helprin

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