Back on Track ‘Horse Therapy’: Ute & Stormy

It’s funny how horses always seem to know what it is we need emotionally, and their willingness to provide it is astounding. Ute Shepherd shares her story.

From Ute:

A little over one year ago, I lost my mare to illness. She was very special to me and I dreaded going to the barn each day to feed my two geldings Major and Stormy. Just seeing the empty stall made me break out into tears each time.

Stormy is a retired Standardbred racehorse and has never been a very lovable horse. He is the boss and he makes sure do don’t forget. Suddenly though, he started to be soft and sweet. He came to me while cleaning stalls and just stood close and he’d nicker softly. His eyes were soft and he’d put his lips on my hands. At times I’d grab on to him and just put my head against his neck and start crying. He gave me so much comfort during those days.

He may have been the boss of the herd, but he took care of me during those weeks and months when the pain of losing my mare was the worst. He is 26 years old now and I found a totally new appreciation for this old soul. Thanks Stormy.

Here at Horse Nation, we believe that the best therapists are our own horses. We love sharing the stories of special equines — email yours to [email protected] to be featured in an upcoming edition of Back on Track “Horse Therapy.” Go Back on Track, and Go Riding!


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