I recently had an Equine Communication session with a gelding I spoke with last year who was in the middle of a long lay-up and was displaying aggression and anger. Although his injury has healed, he is not 100% sound and will probably be dealing with lameness issues for the rest of his life. He made it abundantly clear he is profoundly unhappy being confined, especially since his confinement is now mainly due to his dangerous behavior (as a result of being confined!). It was clear that in spite of the risks involved, this horse deserves a different life….perhaps a pasture with other horses or working with a skilled, kind trainer who can start from the ground to help him remember respect, trust and give him a sense of purpose.
As animal owners/caregivers we are often times faced with difficult decisions regarding the well-being of our four-legged friends. What we may want for them is not always what is best for them. Balance is the key…..remembering to honor not only our own dreams and hopes, but the dreams of those for whom we’ve promised a life filled with joy and wholeness.