Horses are prey animals, they are not predators and therefore think very differently from their human counterpart. Horses are also extremely social and family oriented. In a herd, a horse’s life depends on his relationship with the family. In a herd, there is acceptance, discipline, and confidence required to be a member. They are extraordinary communicators, and for a human to be in the presence of the herd is very beneficial for that human. Placing these rehabilitated horses in partnership with children and families that are trying to heal from a traumatic event in their life is magical. The horse is powerful, beautiful and strong. It is honest and present at the moment and the lesson from a horse is that they will never forget where they have come from but they don’t carry the burden into the present because it would endanger the herd.
This is why this partnership of the redeemed horse and human is beautiful. It just works! Reigning Grace Ranch horses come from various situations such as rescue, donation, sanctuary and rehoming due to financial strain.
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At RGR we have well over 60 rehabilitated horses but today we would like to feature Genesis. In biblical terms, Genesis marks the beginning. To Reigning Grace Ranch, as a baby, I marked a new kind of beginning. The beginning of a new kind of love, laughter, adoration, and drive-you-crazy for tiny angels with smaller wings.
On a very cold Arizona night in February 2011, God blessed Reigning Grace with its first foal, a colt from the rescued range mare named Sugar. They would name me Genesis. Genesis stood for the beginning of a new life for my herd and the end of neglect and abuse.
I’ve been told that watching my mom give birth to me was like watching a miracle unfold in front of their very eyes. Within a few moments of my arrival, I stood with wobbly knees and had a great uncertainty of what would come next. Somehow I found an ounce of faith and took my first step, and with each step after, grew a confidence, entering into a world unknown. Over the next few days, with my childlike spirit, I had shown my new family a few things about life that may have previously taken a lifetime to learn. I taught them how to play, how to face fears, how to revel in the discovery of the unknown and how to be brave. I taught them how to start each day with an ounce of faith and end with a ton of grace, love, and desire to do it all over again the next day. I’m told I am truly a gift from God and the folks here at Reigning Grace Ranch are very honored to have been the chosen recipients of this little blessing.
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