My Therapy Horse

All horses are therapy horses. I can understand that you may be raising a quizzical eyebrow at that statement and that some of you may feel that your horse is offering a therapy that you had not exactly signed up for. But horses are all therapy horses; some do it full time and others are multi tasking with other jobs.

My horse Biasini is a competition horse but for those of you who follow this blog you will know he is also a trail horse. He is a multi-purpose,multi tasking horse. He is also my therapy horse. This past week my husband was diagnosed with a detached retina. He was referred to St.Mike’s Hospital in Toronto. We live outside the city of Toronto and this hospital is about an hour away from us. So there has been a lot of driving back and forth but it is worth it as the hospital is known for having the best eye clinic and opthamologists .

But my stress level has been high . What has saved my sanity? My therapy horse. I can go to the barn and ride. I can go out on a hack with a friend in the forest trails. Biasini and the other horse, Feng de Lys, can discuss who will be the leader.

This week Biasini told Feng he could go ahead and be the leader because he had to take care of me and be a therapist. He knew I was having a tough week. I’m serious. He knew I was stressed about something even if he did not know exactly what it was. Horses just know. They can read us like a book.

When I am riding I do not think about the hospital or what my husband is going through with his eye or what might happen if the treatment is not successful. I just ride. Riding is not a ‘virtual‘ experience it is a live ‘in the moment’ one. That is my therapy.

Feng tells Biasini that he will take the lead on the trails.

Please excuse me if I am not posting as often as usual during the next week while I am chief cook (not my usual job ) and chauffeur so my husband can keep his eye positioned as the doctor has instructed. I am hoping for a good outcome and I will be back soon.

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  1. N.N.Gale says:

    Your horses are absolutely gorgeous! Though I haven’t seen it myself, I have heard many things about the intuitive nature of horses and plus, I love horses so much

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks for commenting
      Horses can tell when we are being honest with ourselves and when we are trying to hide something or when there is some issue in our lives that we have not dealt with. The ability to read us is part of their survival mechanism.

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  2. They truly are the best therapy. πŸ’•
    I agree – they just “know”.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes they do . Thanks for this comment.

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  3. Alli Farkas says:

    Hoping for the best for both you and your husband. I totally understand the therapy horse concept. When I’m riding the rest of the world thankfully vanishes and I usually don’t go back to thinking about it until I’ve cleaned up the horse and the tack and put everything away.

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  4. I believe those who follow this blog regularly will accept your blog itself is a therapy. Especially for a person who don’t even know about your lifestyle, for me your trail ride is something beautiful. Each time while reading or seeing the video about that I myself imagine as I am in such a great place full of green. And speaking with Biasini is blessing I love horses in this whole world I know only Biasini so for me he is the best. I very well know you are a strong person who gives strength to others by your way of living

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  5. Jeanine Pilkington says:

    Hope all goes well for your husband.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Jeanine.

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  6. JD says:

    Wishing all the best for you and your husband during this health crisis. So glad Biasini is there for you.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I very much appreciate your supportive comment. Thank you. And I am so glad I have Biasini.

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  7. Amy says:

    Hope your husband recover soon. Take care of yourself. So glad Biasini is with you.

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  8. Prayers, hugs, and love coming to both of you. Well all 3 actually β€πŸ™

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Susie. You are familiar with looking after a husband with illness. Mine is not ill just injured but we had to cancel our trip to England and I thought of how much you would like to go to see your family but cannot.

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      1. I do absolutely everything. He doesn’t even open the blinds, or put the television on in the morning now. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, repairs, taking him everywhere, filling the car, taking care of the majority of his needs. I feel I have 2 full time jobs. I don’t go to England, Skype, and lucky if my daughter allows me to phone once a month. I accept what my life is now. Sorry you are missing your trip to England πŸ˜“

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        1. anne leueen says:

          I have known you are not able to get back to England due to your husband’s situation. Doing the caregiver , nurse, chauffeur , cook, shopper and general all purpose companion is not what I am used to but that’s life and I hope it will not be a permanent position. My hat is off to you Susie you do it all with grace and good humor.

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  9. I hope your husband feels better soon, and that you get through this stressful time ok.
    Our animals always feel when something is not well in our life and try to help us, we are so lucky to have them.

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  10. Such a true statement about our horses! Prayers for you and your Husband ❀

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you , much appreciated!

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  11. I understand the scary nature of vision problems. I hope that your husband gets good news. Take care.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much.

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  12. dprastka says:

    Thank goodness for our therapy horses! They will lower our stress and help us get through these tough times. Prayers for your husband and I hope treatment works for him. Life is full of twists and turns, some not so easy. Hang in there, Love Diana ❀️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Diana. I very much appreciate your support and prayers.

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  13. Irene says:

    Biasini, best therapy horse for you. πŸ˜‰ Praying for your husband’s recovery.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Irene. I am very grateful for your support and prayers.

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  14. Emma Cownie says:

    I am so glad that Biasini is good therapy. I am so sorry that your husband has a detached retina. What a shock to you all. My elder brother suffered from one recently. He too was rushed to a specialist unit in the city where he lives, Bristol. They saved his sight in that eye but it been tough going for him because he had to stay upright for 2 weeks (including sleeping). I think it takes quite a while to return to “normality”. I hope your husband recovers OK.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The positioning seems to be critical. For my husband he has to lie horizontal on his left side and with one small pillow under his head 23 hours a day! We break up the hour of being allowed upright for meals and bathroom breaks. It is toughand his left hip is very sore. We get another check tomorrow and it there has been enough progress then he will be able to have laser treatment to fix the retina back in its proper place. If not then they will schedule surgery this week. I’m hoping for the laser. So on we go…

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      1. Emma Cownie says:

        Oh your poor husband! How must long to roll over to the other side, sit up etc. I think (guess) the sitting upright must come after the laser treatment. I really hope he gets surgery soon and it’s all fixed!

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  15. We’re hoping for a good outcome too dear Anne and sweet Biasini is doing a wonderful job as your therapy horse πŸ’œ Sending you strength and love, best wishes for your husband and a big pat for Biasini from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸŽπŸ₯• xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Irene. I appreciate the love and the strength. Biasini told the person who does Reiki treatments on him that he knew I was upset but he also knew I was not upset with him because he knew he had not done anything wrong or been naughty! 😊

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      1. We all know you’re a very good boy dear Biasini and our human is called Xenia πŸ€—πŸ’– xxx

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        1. anne leueen says:

          So sorry Xenia. Many apologies for the incorrect name. My focus is a bit adrift.

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          1. No worries dear Anne, hope all is going well with your husband πŸ™‚πŸ’–πŸ™ xxx

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  16. Judy says:

    Gold bless. Glad you have Biasini.

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  17. cagedunn says:

    Hoping everything goes well.

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  18. sandyjwhite says:

    I’m glad Biasini is there to help during this stressful time, Anne.
    I hope your husband’s treatment is effective and his recovery smooth!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for those good wishes Sandy. They are much appreciated.

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  19. Elaine Medley says:

    Sending you love and your Husband healing prayers for a good recovery. Beebs is an amazing horse.
    Elaine x x

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much Elaine. He is an amazing horse and I am lucky to have him. Thank you for the healing prayers I really appreciate them.

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    2. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Elaine. Beebs is a wonderful support. And thank you for the healing prayers I appreciate them so much.

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  20. map195 says:

    new information….horse therapy never listen before

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  21. Katrin says:

    Wishing your husband all the best in his treatment and recovery and glad you have your therapy horse

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Katrin.

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