There are moments in the arena that make my heart grow fuller. Last night I asked for two boys to work with a horse they hadn't used before. This horse can be difficult, he has a history of trauma and can react in fight when he's fearful, which I shared as the activity began. One of the boys left the horse about half way through the session and the other stayed. As he walked Alfie back to his stall I asked what made him stay, even though the horse had scared him. The boy said that he knew what it felt like to be hurt by someone. He shared, for the first time since beginning treatment, that his father has abused him. The boy's mother has a medical condition so he has spent many years of his life in a group home, where he will likely reside until he's eighteen. The boy shared that people had stayed by his side, including the staff at his group home and his team and herd of healers at Hunkapi. And that's why he stayed by the horse's side. It took four months of patiently waiting, gently encouraging, and warmly receiving this boy to get through his wall of protection. In that time most children have completed the program and graduated from equine therapy. I will never forget what that boy said. I will always be kind and patient and listen to my intuition when it tells me not to give up on someone. I will do everything in my power to show that boy how loved he is in the special two hours I spend with him every week. I will forever be grateful to practice counseling at a place where every child is given the love, kindness, patience, compassion, empathy, support, and time they need to heal and grow. .
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