Simply working in nature or on a farm with no specific therapy focus has been shown to reduce stress and increase coping abilities.  Therapy with farm animals, such as horses, has been found to help trauma victims.  Studies have shown that individuals who had experienced trauma found that healing, intuition, socio-sensual awareness, survival skills and spiritual awareness were enhanced through equine interaction.  The dissociation, or "freezing", that survivors often have can be dispersed through sensory awareness and the act of being present.  (Levine P, Waking the tiger: Healing trauma 1997)

                Horses have a natural curiosity and playfulness that could encourage trauma victims to try and enjoy new behaviors.  “Play requires an openness that many trauma survivors sometimes lose in their rigid need for control.  Trauma victims are often play-deprived, and performance and perfection-driven.”  (Held, C. , Horse Girl: An Archetypal Study of Women, Horses, and Trauma Healing, 2006)  Horses also provide us with unconditional honest companionship that can help an individual develop their capacity for trust, respect, and affection.
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Equine Division of Heritage Discovery Center, Inc.
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Silent Nicker

                  Time after countless time the beckoning nicker of your friend and soul mate calls to you.  When they first hear the slightest sound or see the smallest glimpse of you coming…the greeting is resounded, and you know that moment of inexplicable emotion which overwhelms your heart…how you long for that sound to beckon you again…

                  And now the moment of silence…the loss and loneliness that only you feel.  While the rest of life continues, you are disheartened and exist only in silence…absence of presence that no one else realizes… you are frozen…empty…alone…

                  You hear over and over that soft beckoning of your noble friend who depended on you…longed for your sight and touch…who was reassured and comforted by your presence that they would be safe and loved…

                  You hear again and again the joyful call for you to hurry to their side and recognize their love for you…their sweet breath and velvet nostril, quivering with anticipation of your togetherness.  The liquid expression of love in their eyes, endearing and kind…wanting only you, your approval and recognition…to share your time and touch.

                  A love so pure that the uniqueness of this sharing of heart and soul seems timeless and limitless…known only to the two of you.  You were the center of their world, and they were yours…

                  Now the longing for this expression of life is only yours…they can no longer share in the depth of common bonding and kindred spirit that you shared…now they are but a vision in your memory and an emptiness in your being…

                   And, that silent nicker is for you alone…

                  To my special loves/friends/partners that I was so blessed to have shared my life with…
                  ​and who helped me learn unconditional love…

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