In the months before ever knowing about it, I was afflicted by crippling depression and severe anxiety. I couldn’t sit through my high school classes, I was in the counselor’s office once a week, and I was miserable. Graduation seemed impossibly far away, besides being unattainable. I thought I was done for.
Then, my closest friend recommended the Bridle Up Hope program to me. I didn’t have the mental capacity to remember it, and my friend got annoyed, so she made me sign up in the middle of art class. She texted some people and the next day, she told me they had a spot in the program for me. Surprised, I texted my mom and told her.
It’s been one thing after another since then—I started volunteering, I entered the program, I made friends, I bonded with horses, and now I’m here.
I couldn’t have defeated my anxiety and pushed out my depression if horses hadn’t shown me that I was worth the effort. If I had never been introduced to Bridle Up Hope, I don’t know where I would be, but I know I don’t like it.
I love that the 7 Habits were taught as well. My favorite Habit is #4 – Think Win-Win. It opened my mind and deepened my understanding of animals to think about what they want out of a situation.
Now, I’m a pet groomer in training, a more empathetic person in general, and my life has turned completely around. I’m so glad I got to participate in the amazing Bridle Up Hope program.
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