This is OTTB, Coach Casey, aka Snuggleberry with his new partner Ioana.
We rarely know what kind of life horses have had at the track and before they become ours, just like we often have no idea what people have been through. Humans, animals, we all have a past.
In meeting new people or new animals it's important to remember this, and it is imperative that we don't make assumptions. Practice staying soft, practice patience. Invite connection and work on staying open when you are met with defensiveness.
Snuggleberry was laying down napping when we arrived to the barn. This is the most volnurable position a horse can be found in. Notice Ioana’s bellybutton turned away and eyes gently turned down. Her hand slowly reached out to offer a hello and an invitation to connect.
My guess is this guy was treated with a lot of kindness and respect at the track, as he welcomes humans into his space.
The world can harden us if we let it, but it can also create the sweetest moments of connection.
Let yourself be moved, be touched. Slow down and find the beauty and awe in every day experiences.
No matter your past, make today the day you choose connection, make today the day you forgive and move on. If you need support around this, we are here, and so are many others.
In the infamous words of Ram Das “we’re all just walking each other home”
Asa Woodman is the founder of the Institute for Equine Assisted Practices and a passionate student of life.