Why and how do horses work with humans?
Horses are deeply connected to our humanity-perhaps more so than any other being with which we share on this planet.
Ages ago, when we humans were still wild in our nature, horses formed a partnership with us that forever changed our destiny. Over the millennia, they have guided us out of the wilderness and into the light. They have carried our burdens, worked alongside us, toiled for us, fought beside us in war and sacrificed themselves to nourish our prosperity and our bodies. They have willingly bore our hope on their strong backs, moving us forward into the future we now share. We are intrinsically interwined with the horse. Even though many of us no longer share a day to day bond with an equine spirit,we can not deny John Trotwood Moore’s assessment that “Whenever man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoofprint of a horse beside it.”
Through thousand of years of partnership, horses have come to understand us like no other being. The eyes of a horse can see into places deep within us-and their hearts can reach places we ourselves do not know how to find. With their touch- their mere presence-they can heal us, making whole that which is fragmented; restoring that which was lost. It is true,the horse may no longer till our fields or serve as transportation, but they still have a great deal to give. They now offer us what we need most- healing, insight, and true connection to spirit. Perhaps that was their plan all along.
STEPS Sanctuary has adopted 14 rescue horses from the Colorado Horse Rescue that are currently doing wonderful things at the ranch. Some of them work with survivors of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, or assault. Some of them are working with autistic children, and others are just enjoying the rest of their lives at the ranch. Many of these angels have been through hard times in their past and are paying it forward to help others. Horses are amazing healers and the work they do is breathtaking. Here are their stories: