The Horse as Therapist — Part I

Shakespeare relaxes between stanzas

When you look at me, of course,
You think that I am just a horse.
But, folks, for you I’ve got some news
I’m the go-to guy when you get the blues.

Feeling lonely? Feeling sad?
Feel like everything’s gone bad?
Just spend a little time with me
And you’ll feel better, wait and see.

Grab a brush and go to town;
Groom my body up and down.
Use some elbow grease and find
You’ll rub the blues out of your mind.

In the saddle move with me
Together we can be set free.
Forget your troubles and your grief,
Just flow with me and find relief.

Then take me for a gentle graze
Release the last of your malaise.
And to my stable gently lead
To find, at last, your spirit freed.

But best of all you need to know
About the little seed you sow.
When spending time with me, t’is true,
You help me to feel better too.


When the scribe walks into the barn with a sad or worried face and leaves a couple of hours later looking relaxed and wearing a smile, I know I’ve done my job.

See you next time in Poet’s Paddock!

Shakespeare “The Equine”

Copyright Aimwell Enterprises 2011

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Barb N.Teddy on March 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Chestnut Horse 2 Horse Chestnut

    It’s true, my friend, I’ve seen it too.
    When souls have lost their mooring:
    A groom, a ride, a graze can mean
    Their spirits next are soaring.

    We read their worries, wring them free,
    Replacing them with pleasure.
    We ground their thoughts with simple joy.
    We are their greatest treasure.

    I know I love a groom myself
    As do most working horses.
    But, in return, we listen well
    And act as healing forces.


  2. Of course, dear Ted, you are correct
    Your thoughts are ever true.
    Without your kind and gentle ways
    What would your “mother” do?


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