In 2004, Congress declared Dec. 13 as National Day of the Horse in the United States. This year, we asked members of our Facebook community to tell us what horses mean to them. Some of their responses appear below. Share your thoughts in the comments!
—Moor-Gans Morgan Horses
Every time I ride it relieves my stress in so many ways. Horses are beautiful creatures with a mind of their own. I finally got my first horse at age 35. He is my therapy for everything everyday. Just seeing him, watching him graze, walk around, run and play is such an amazing feeling to me. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Horses mean I never have to worry about having extra money laying around! And that an animal who has no reason to trust anyone can learn to trust you, if you’re honest in your intentions.
— Janet A.
I have loved horses since I was 4 years old. I was very timid. Scared of everything until I saw my first herd of horses. I marched right into the paddock and hugged one of the horses around its chest (I was only as tall as his chest). Horses have been my calm place my whole life and were a key element in developing my confidence. Today horses are helping my 3-year-old daughter. She survived a stroke while I was pregnant with her. She has hemiparesis and mild cerebral palsy. The therapy horses have done wonders in helping her in so many ways! She is so much more confident and is on the verge of running. I truly have the utmost respect for horses, or earth angels as I call them. I try to repay them by volunteering at a miniature horse rescue and I am going to become an equine body worker and give a gentle, healing touch to these beautiful animals who have made such a difference in my life.
— Diane A.
As so many others have commented, my horse is my therapy, my friend, my reason for getting out of bed everyday. Too many bad things gave happened in the past five years, and he’s always there for a kiss and a hug. Thank you TKC Twist Of Sabre.
— Judi L.
My horses are my solace. They are a true gift from God. They are my companions and my my soul mates! They love us unconditionally; they do not care what you look like, what you have, the color of your skin, or how much money you have. They bring me peace, love and respect. I lost my first horse this September. I’d had him 26 years. He was 34 years old when he left this world. He gave me his all, more than any human has ever given me! There is nothing in this world better than to have a life long bond with a horse, who completely, utterly trusts you, takes care of you.
— Kimberly G.