Well, the holidays have arrived! I love this time of year and relish the time I get to spend with family and friends. I look forward to “jacket weather” and watching my animals become wooly mammoths as they grow their winter coats. My favorite holiday memories include all of the Thanksgiving Day rides aboard my beloved horse, Irish. We rode for hours through the forest and fields behind our house as I recited my gratitude list in time to his trot and canter. It is a very humbling experience to create and recite a gratitude list and I highly suggest we all have one in our back pockets – especially when times are tough.
Many of my clients do not share my affinity for the season. They struggle to cope as they ride an emotional roller-coaster, instead of a horse, throughout the holidays. I am thankful for my herd of horses and the unique perspective they add to counseling sessions. While I cannot offer forests and fields for my clients to ride through, I can offer the comforting presence of a horse to help them through dark days.
So, this Thanksgiving, I thought it apt to share some of my favorite heartwarming quotes about the special bond we form with our horses.
•Through the days of love and celebration and joy, and through the dark days of mourning - the faithful horse has been with us always. ~ Elizabeth Cotton
•When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine...you know you are loved. ~ John Lyons
•There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~ Sir Winston Churchill
•Bread may feed my body, but my horse feeds my soul. ~Author Unknown
•Horses lend us the wings we lack. ~Pam Brown
•Before I loved horses, I had nothing to live for. Now I love horses and can't stop seeing things to live for. ~Author Unknown
•The horse. Here is nobility without conceit, friendship without envy, beauty without vanity. A willing servant, yet never a slave. ~ Ronald Duncan
•There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain't a thing. ~ Will Rogers
•In riding a horse, we borrow freedom. ~ Helen Thompson
•To understand the soul of a horse is the closest human beings can come to knowing perfection. ~Author Unknown
•I heard a neigh, Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh it was. My very heart leaped with the sound. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
•A true horseman does not look at the horse with his eyes, he looks at his horse with his heart. ~Author Unknown
•There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse. ~ Robert Smith Surtees
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Be safe and be kind to all who cross your path!
Lisa Krystosek is a counselor in St. Louis, Missouri. She specializes in Equine-Facilitated Counseling to help adults, adolescents and children improve their lives. To contact Lisa, please visit www.lisakrystosek.com.