Back on Track ‘Horse Therapy’: Lisa & Butterfly Kisses

Each week we share reader-submitted essays about the special horses that have made a difference in our lives. Today Lisa Olsen tells the story of her relationship with Butterfly Kisses, a horse that may well be her guardian angel.


In 2010 my mother and best friend passed after her cancer came back 40 years later. It took her in three months. Butterfly was my only friend that could help me.

The last thing my mother said was to never let Butterfly out of my life. She knew how much she meant to me. Mom also saw the light in my eyes when I talked about her or told mom something she did while riding.

I spent a lot of time over the last four years talking about mom to Butterfly. Now four years later Butterfly will be helping me fight for my life.

You see, on November 11 I was told that I have cancer. Now she has to do it all over again.

Butterfly will be my support through this. I just hope we can beat this together. I am her person, as she is the light of my life.

Here at Horse Nation, we believe that the best therapists are our own horses. We love sharing the stories of special equines and the lessons horses have taught us — 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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