Stories of the Wildhorse Herd
Seeker ( aka Crazy Horse) bought at a select Quarter Horse Sale - something we seldom do, mostly we buy by private sales. He has been a work in progress, bought almost 5 years ago as a well trained rope horse/seasoned gelding anyone can ride... now how many times have we seen/heard that statement? What we have come to realize is that as soon as a horse leaves his previous owner there can be a huge adjustment for him once he arrives at his new place depending on so many variables. Usually we can only guess by their behavior/personality what their previous life was like. In this case Seeker withdrew from life in general and did not want to have anything to do with anybody, he put off a very big "Don't touch me"! So we slowly introduced him to the big herd and then turned him out and left him alone. He stayed way off by the forest, or just on the edge of the herd when the feed tractor laid out the hay for the day. Aloof and alone he watched, sampled the energy of the ranch and continued to stand reserved and wary on the edge of life. Gradually the calming power of the herd broke through his shell and he started coming up to the feed wagon and he allowed Bear to touch him. Since that day we have seen a horse riddled with so many trust issues that we can only guess at the things that he must have faced.. so much like humans in similar situations the triggers are sometimes buried very deep and when they come out - look out! Needless to say he is back in a program where he is a ground work horse teaching people compassion, empathy, trust and understanding. A powerful job for a powerful horse!
We have seen many people spend time going to counselling and listening to the "words" but things never change for them. We have also seen people who have come to the ranch to "get away from it all" and they end up with their arms wrapped around the neck of a beautiful, kind, caring being who in silence can be more effective than all the words in the world... Letting emotions bubble out and out and release the pressure is very healing. Spending time with horses can be life changing! No riding required. Many thanks to Seeker for the lives that he has touched.