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I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve ridden on a horse, and I’d never been in the ring working with a horse before recently when I participated with a group of colleagues in a one-day equine therapy program run by Talley Hutcherson at the Shalom Institute in Malibu.  It was an amazing, special day, and I encourage anyone who is interested to pursue it; they also have a ranch in Burbank, which is easier to get to, but perhaps less “away from it all.”

I am experiencing some challenges in my life these days, as everyone is to varying degrees, and I connected with a horse named Lindsay whose wisdom and compassion I hope I will always remember.  One of Lindsay’s gifts was the experience of peace – deep, in-your-bones, peace.  I hope to go back to the ranch to visit, actually, if not for more classes.

The human teachers were also very gifted, and I continue to absorb some of their insights:  we are all doing the best we can in this moment, and to envision love and light around difficult people and situations.  Compassion starts with being compassionate with ourselves.

I was never one of those teenage girls obsessed with horses, although some of my friends were, and although I do bring back horses from time to time for people as power animals, I had never fully understood their allure until now.  I have now fallen in love with a horse and her wisdom.

© Lynda Skeen

© Lynda Skeen

© Lynda Skeen

© Lynda Skeen

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