"In riding a horse, we borrow freedom" –Helen Thompson
Our horses on the farm are our family. Without question, they are the most important aspect of the program in their role as therapists. They come from different places and backgrounds with their own unique characters and personalities. They are our willing partners in this endeavor. Our horses, our friends are tolerant, gentle, well mannered, and curious creatures who willingly accept our demands.
They are also strong, noble, powerful and independent creatures who need our guidance and trust to perform their tasks. We must understand their senses, instincts and behavior to match them with our participants to increase the benefits of our program.
Boo is a Registered Arabian, retired show horse, trained in first level dressage. He was born of pure Egyptian breeding, with a more refined, dainty and elegant nature.
Boo was Abdallah’s half brother and he is Miss Catie’s special and cherished soul mate.
Boo was fearful of most things when he arrived but has over the years learned to trust, relax, and have confidence in himself. He is a gentle, sweet, shy, sometimes impulsive horse but generally good natured.
Boo “Blueberry” is now considered to be much like “Owl” in “Winnie the Pooh” being gentle and kind and a wise and intelligent soul.
"The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.
"The Arabian" is the 'desert horse’, an ancient breed famed for its loyalty, intelligence and endurance. This is the greatest of the world’s pure breeds and one of the most beautiful horses on earth. They are graceful, elegant and quite flamboyant at times. It is as if they are floating on air to watch them move with their high tail carriage and light and airy movements. They are spirited but gentle, noble, courageous and light of heart.”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand –Horses
Text: Jean-Lois Gouraud
Publisher: Artisan, A division of Workman Publishing Inc.,
New, York, NY
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