She shuffled up to them skeptically, mumbling “I’m not sure they like me.”
“Don’t be intimidated by their size. Trust your instincts.”
A few feet from them, she froze. Trust had been ripped out of her a long time ago.
Suddenly a young pony walked over to investigating. She startled at the wet nuzzle. Giggled. Slowly escorted by the young one, she approached the group. She walked around looking at each one until she reached the black and white mare. For five minutes they looked into each other’s eyes while a mysterious connection formed.
“Feel her,” whispered the therapist.
Sometimes words are so limiting.
Written for 100 Word Wednesday with photo prompt by Samantha Scholl
Horses make great companions for psychotherapy because they observe the physical and emotional feelings demonstrated by people suffering with traumas and mirror and respond to them, thereby healing through touch and other senses, people who are less comfortable with interacting through speech.