I had a profound experience with my horse Gracie yesterday. She and I have been through so much together and she has taught me and helped me grow in so many ways. I trust her completely, I respect her, I love her. The day I realized she was protecting me was one of the most amazing feelings of my life. She needs to trust me too and trust that I will protect her. In the 3 years that we have been together she has never laid down in front of me, and if I walk in on her lying down she would immediately get up. It felt like she couldn’t let her guard down around me. Yesterday I was spending time with her and telling her everything about me, about us….about life. I have never done that before. When I was done she layed down right beside me. She didn’t roll, she just went to sleep. I stroked her head and sent her healing Reiki love. She slept for a while and I sat with her head in my hands. Horses are prey animals, herd animals. They need to trust they are safe and protected before they will sleep. They can even sleep standing up. But Gracie slept with her head on my lap. I had to earn this trust, respect, her confidence. It has been a 3 year journey and we will never stop growing. But yesterday was a huge event in our relationship that I will cherish forever.