1. Sylvia

    I have to admit that I came along your site by accident but then again is there ever “an accident”?

    I am not into Horseback riding nor ever did I rode a Horse at all but I am still drawn to them by their magnificence and beauty.

    A spiritual teacher of mine once sad that Horses are the most advanced spiritual animals on four legs walking the earth.

    Through her, I learned how to communicate with animals getting this special connection, which since then, is a big part for me when giving Reiki to animals.

    I really enjoyed your article and have certainly learned a lot too. 🙂


    • Martina

      Hey Sylvia,

      That sounds like it was a magnificent experience. Maybe if you have the opportunity in the future, you may want to try liberty work? If you can find a class without having to purchase a horse, this may help you deepen your spiritual connection and understanding of horses better. Furthermore, I find that interacting and bonding with horses – sometimes doing something as simple as grooming them – can have significant therapeutic and reflective benefits 🙂

  2. Matt's Mom

    I love horses and I have a good friend who is a barrel racer and she dearly takes care of her horses. I can see what you mean exactly. She does everything you have listed and had an undeniable bond with them. I love going over there and just helping out, riding and grooming them. Thank yo so much for taking the time to share your love for them.

    • Martina

      Hey there!

      Always happy to hear from a fellow horse lover 🙂 And that’s great to hear and it’s good of you to go over and help. I find that for many people its therapeutic to groom and ride horses and generally a calming and reflective experience. There truly is something magical about the breed.

  3. cristina

    A wonderful post. I really love horses. I ride a few times when i was younger and is a wonderful feeling. they are so gentle but powerful animals ….For sure you have to spend time with them if you own one.You need to build a friendship and horses are, like dogs, very loyal friends.
    i live in a city and I don’t have the chance to have a horse but i would love one. Free and proud animals, you have to respect your horse, so he respect and love you.
    I love your post and Thanks for sharing. Do you have a horse? To be honest,i don’t agree with using them for races and treat than bad, even Kill them if are wounded. What is your opinion about this?

    • Martina

      Hey Christina,

      Thank you for your nice words and great feedback! As you may have realized, our love of horses is mutual 🙂

      I completely agree with your description and of course, you must respect them. Horses are very proud animals and they can sense a lack of respect immediately and don’t react well to it. Furthermore, the more time you put into your relationship with your horse, the more you’re going to get out of it.

      I’m actually living in the city as well right now but I’m counting the days until I can move out into the country and start a ranch of my own. So currently I do not own a horse but I still manage to ride occasionally and I’ve been riding and taking care of horses since I was around 6 or 7 – don’t remember exactly.

      I agree that mistreating horses is a cruel and terrible thing. For instance, I am very against soring – when the infliction of pain using things like diesel is used to make the horse trot in an exaggerated manner for competitions. It’s absolutely awful. I am not against racing as some horses actually love racing – it’s simply in their blood. Kind of like some people love playing football (there are risks but people do it anyways because it’s their passion). I think as long as the horse is retired at a good time, not over-trained and well taken care of (proper nutrition, stretching, joint maintenance,etc) then it’s not a problem.

      In terms of putting a horse down, this is a very controversial subject. It is hard to say because we can’t tell what the horse is thinking and how much pain the horse is in. Most people strongly believe that if a horse cannot walk and move around on her own, then it’s time to put her down, with the pretence that a horse that cannot move around will be miserable.

      Personally I believe that it’s very tricky to judge certain circumstances and try to put yourself in the horses perspective. But just like euthanasia in some cases, it can be justified. If the horse is living every waking moment in agony, then putting them down is the only humane option (as it would also be for a human).

  4. Deanna Allman

    Hi there!
    I enjoyed reading your posts. I am a veteran with severe anxiety and PTSD. I very easily connected with horses. I would love to leave my info for anyone who has a desire to help veterans and horses connect. I am putting together riding programs for women veterans but want to grow it to help all.

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