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“The wind of Heaven is that which blows between a Horse’s Ears”
Arabian proverb
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“The wind of Heaven is that which blows between a Horse’s Ears”
Arabian proverb
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“The wind of Heaven is that which blows between a Horse’s Ears”
Arabian proverb
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“The wind of Heaven is that which blows between a Horse’s Ears”
Arabian proverb
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The Mystique of the Horse

One aspect of the horse/human relationship which has always existed has now been brought to the surface, namely the psychological impact horses have on humans. The power, beauty, and sheer majestic bearing of the horse has long been the stuff of legends. For example, Native American tradition holds that the horse is a transcendent being, able to journey from the physical world to the spiritual world.

Now, science is proving that there is more to this connection than capturing the imagination. Horses – like dogs – seem to have some form of intuitive connection with people, an astonishing insight into human thoughts and emotions. The source of this empathy is unknown, leading to the “Mystique of the Horse”.

An example may be helpful: A woman who owned a large farm with her husband was a breeder of dogs and horses. One day she was trying desperately to save her oldest and most beloved dog as she sat in the barn. Finally, the dog died in her arms, and she let go of her grief with a flood of tears. That caught the attention of an Arabian stallion in an adjacent paddock. He walked into the aisle where she was sitting and placed his forehead on her brow in sympathy. She hugged the horse’s beautiful face, and the two – horse and human – stayed like that until her crying stopped.

No one knows how the stallion knew she was grieving. Was it the sound of her weeping? He couldn’t see from the yard. Telepathy? A thousand questions, and no answers, but this equine empathy has been used as a powerful tool to aid in the cure of mental and emotional human condition.

The Cedarwood team has seen firsthand the nonverbal but powerful bond between human and horse. Our personal experiences strengthen our mission to further employ the healing power of horses to help humans, and the horses themselves, by giving them a productive role in the advancement of our society. This includes helping improve the physical, mental, and emotional health of U.S. military personnel, particularly those suffering from the visible and invisible wounds of war.

Cedarwood is a Virginia nonprofit corporation. It is not a 501(c)(3) charity of foundation under the Internal Revenue Code. Our services and facilities are designed to assist the 501(c)(3) charities and foundations we partner with in alignment with their missions.

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