We recently received this testimonial from a volunteer who spent a few days with us. We thought we would share and hope you enjoy. Many thanks to Barbara Seaman Stewart for her kind words.
I’m home today resting from a job that sucked the life out of my brain – thinking about a weekend that filled my soul. What a difference a day makes.
I was BLESSED (I put that in all caps because I want to stress it!) this past weekend to be a volunteer at Horses Without Humans in Bell, FL; a great friend who thought it would be good for me invited me. IT BLESSED MY SOUL! I lost my husband several months ago and since then I’ve pretty much only existed– really, that’s what it was. I’m pretty good Monday through Friday because I get up and go to work, but the weekends leave me struggling with what to do with myself. Twenty-six years is a long time…
Terri invited me to go to HWH to hang out with her. What I found when I went to The Bone Yard where the rescued horses are, was a desire to dig in and really help. It was dirty, sweaty, sometimes hard work, but it left me feeling so fulfilled. Driving home I was already thinking about when I could go back. The Bone Yard horses, Eddie, Cash, Rain, Mr. Snow, Lulu, and the others that I didn’t learn the names of touched me in a big way; they made me think my “problems” were really NOTHING that I couldn’t overcome. I’m learning to do that, and the help that I require is far different than the help the rescue horses need.
The horses have stories with no voice to tell what happened to them. You just know that their previous life wasn’t good. You rub a nose and show tenderness, whisper to them that this is going to be better than what they experienced before, and you receive a nose butt that leads you to believe they understand. But some have been so neglected and abused that they are still afraid. THEY NEED LOVE.
This non-profit NEEDS YOU! Whether you can come help feed, bathe, help with chores and show The Bone Yard horses love, or if you can’t physically help, you can donate in financial ways, YOU ARE NEEDED. There are all kinds of animal shelters, but I want you to think about the difference… Pretty much anyone can adopt a dog or cat, but a horse that needs a home needs a place to graze, and a barn or shelter. I know that my small house and postage stamp lot isn’t a place whee I could keep a horse – BUT I CAN HELP! I can post and share Horses Without Humans over and over again, and I can ask you to join Yvonne Barteau and her crew or staff and volunteers feed, clean, fold blankets, roll wraps – there are tons of things that you can do to help.
I can promise you that ONE look at these beautiful creatures – even in their saddest shape will change you.