It’s a time of feeling
I was talking to my husband, Casey, the other day and we both agreed that it’s been hard to feel joy that lasts more than a few minutes with the heaviness of these challenging times. We agreed that we feel the pain in the world now and feel helpless to stop it. By acknowleding it in a conversation, we were able to move onto more positive feelings for our day.
Time seems hard to grasp right now. What day is it? Is it really Thursday? What month are we in, isnt this usually a time of picnics and family gatherings as we approach Mother’s Day, graduations and weddings (now postponed or cancelled) and Father’s Day just around the corner?
Each day is a new day. Each moment is an opportunity to make the best out of the most dramatic, unknown future we have ever experienced as a whole species.
And right behind the reality of timelessness is the fear and anxiety of what we cannot control.We cannot make any sense of what is actually...
The walk is a quiet smooth gait. It has a 4 beat count, just like certain musical scores, 1., 2,3,4,1,2,3,4,… It is the first gate that a young or newly trained horse finds its rhythm and balance. It is the first and last gait a horseman will use during any training session. One of the few golden rules of horsemanship is always walk your horse back to the barn. The other is, ‘if you can’t do it at a walk, you have no business trotting or cantering at all.
Any good horse trainer understands the importance of integrating the walk throughout his/her athlete’s training program. This is done specifically to produce endurance, stamina and resilience as opposed to fatigue. Another golden rule is that always walk your horse back to the barn, to go any faster will only sourer him.
My favorite retort for those who are impatient with the walk is that cowboys did not gallop their horse across the country. They walked a lot! In fact, they loved that walk. Any...
“In a time when so many veterans are so hesitant to take another prescription or fear getting addicted to opioids, equine assisted therapy gets veterans outside and allows them the amazing opportunity to work with horses to process their experiences,” said Congressman Barr. “As the Chairman of the Congressional Horse Caucus and someone who cares very deeply for our veterans, I believe increasing grant funding opportunities for evidence-based equine-assisted therapy and innovative therapies will greatly diversify the treatment options available to our veterans.”
Just 2 months after graduating from our SkyHorse EGE™ certification program, Michelle Kaye lands a news article in Voyage Denver. The interview is about her Operation Equine Program in CO. Also within two months she's on the trail running programs for veterans and first responders. We are so proud of Michelle!
"Horses save lives. They always have. And although this may sound like a simple and obvious statement: our Warriors and Protectors – those who fight for our country and protect and serve our communities – they also save lives. Personally speaking: my life has been saved, repeatedly, both by horses, as well as by our Warriors and Protectors."-Michelle
Operation Equine – through a process of starts and stops, successes and failures – has finally come together as a 501 c(3) organization, dedicated to helping Military, Veteran, and Emergency Responder individuals and their families, caregivers, and supporters heal and (re) connect through the power of...
Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi
I enjoy writing about nature, plants and animals, and gleaning inspiration, life lessons and creative exploration of our inter-connectedness.