In the February 2012 issue of Illinois Country Living (printed by Corn Belt Energy), an article was written called “Caring for Cisco”. It is about Denice Kinney, who wrote an article for Horse & Rider Magazine, and about a horse she and her sister, Julie, shared called Cisco. After Julie passed away due to cancer, Denice continued to care for Cisco, using him as a source of comfort and friendship after the loss of her sister.
Non-horse people don’t usually comprehend the comfort that can be felt with a horse. Going down to the barn to sit next to an equine doesn’t seem a “normal” way to cope with grief and tragedy, or joy and happiness. They don’t understand is the incredible ability for a horse to sense these emotions. A person doesn’t even have to get on the horse’s back to sense nervousness before a show. It is the sixth sense possessed by an equine that can comfort a loss such as the one Denice went through.
Many dog owners have felt this relationship too. After a bad day at work, a dog owner can come through the door to a happy, wriggling dog; but the dog will soon stop wriggling when it feels the emotion pouring out of you. Then it will look at you with that face that says “What’s wrong? Why aren’t you happy?” Then you’ll have to cuddle on the couch and let the whole day pass telepathically to your canine, and in return he will telepathically tell you that the day is over, a new day will start, and he could really use his dinner now.
“Man’s best friend” started out with a need for humans to have dogs to hunt and horses to eat. But you can be sure that it didn’t take long for the reason to change to companionship. Friendships with animals are a special bond, formed over time through love and care. Once established, it is nearly impossible to break.