Mara B is home with her paddock pals Holly, Spice and Puma.
Not only am I a proponent of equine therapy, I also support efforts to reduce gun violence. Today I had the unplanned opportunity to meet Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, who with Gabby formed the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. This organization also educates the public about suicide deaths with guns.
It was very emotional to personally thank Mark Kelly for this critical work, and present him with a Benjamin coin. You can learn more about the important work they are doing at https://lawcenter.giffords.org/
Please ride along.
Welcome to 2019, we would like to start the year by introducing you to hftd.org. Hope For The Day is an organization shattering the silence of stigma around mental health and suicide.
Mara Moments is a therapy for my own mental health/emotional wellness, as much as it is for sharing Mara B as a therapy horse with others. Thus I feel it’s important to start this new year with highlighting the difficult topic of suicide and the importance of talking about mental health issues.
Jay and I have become hftd.org “Agents of Impact” and want to make our readers aware of this organization. We hope you investigate it further or share information about it with others who may benefit at the start of this new year.
Wishing you and yours peace when things are uneasy, growth in the unfinished and wellness in the becoming, ahead of us in 2019.
Happy New Year
Today’s post is in support of World Suicide Prevention Day 2018. WSPD began in 2003, in 2010 I knew nothing about it.
The theme of WSPD 2018 is “working together to prevent suicide.” Please connect, care and communicate about suicide with your personal inner circle if need me.
Mara B and I dedicated our ride this morning in memory of Benjamin Curry Stassen.
I had an early morning connection time with Mara B today, she was covered in sand and dirt after a heavy rain last night. I enjoyed cleaning her up and dusting her off.
We were low key because today would have been Benjamin’s 29th Birthday and we wanted to simply remember Benjamin reflect and rest today. (Here’s a photo of Benjamin with a horse I leased.)
So rest and reminisce is what we did today.
Time to change my boots! So today I switched from wearing winter boots to muck boots. Mara B and two of her pals were relaxing together when I arrived early this morning to beat a predicted late spring snow storm. Mara and I just had grooming and ground games in the indoor arena together and took the day “off” as a snow day! On our way back to her paddock we saw the pasture horses in their upper pasture hunkered down for the weather that’s supposedly on it’s way. Hopefully Mara B can hang on to her place in the shelter tonight.