In the Baize Door, Joanna, Diane and Ray find the answers to a lot of their problems and begin healing the rifts between them through the equine-assisted therapy weekend they get sent on by Chloe, Diane’s Mum. Is this really true? Can this happen?
I’ve worked with horses for many years and they certainly do pick up on our body language, actions and voices, reflecting things we are not aware of. Maybe its a product of domestication or self-preservation. If the humans are OK, the horses are OK. They work for us and are our partners. They reflect our souls. Let me tell you about my first experience of this.
We were a group of twenty or so people in an introductory workshop and had just finished an exercise working as a group to get some horses over an obstacle very like the one in the book. Those who had been working were standing making an evaluation with the trainer and the horses came over to join in and were being stroked. After all, they had taken part too.
The trainer suddenly turned to one of the girls and said, ‘I see that you have a horse standing beside you. He seems to be nudging you and shoving you to move you out of the way.’ He was, with his nose firmly pushing her aside.
The girl looked a bit sad,’Yes, this is how people treat me in life, I’ve had a drug problem and people use me and ignore me.’ We all sat for a moment, gobsmacked. The trainer then skillfully redirected the talk from the girl’s distress and moved on. This was a course, not therapy, but many times when I’ve been in training, it’s turned into a counselling session for more than one student.
I rest my case!