Hope for Awatchi the Horse - Pet Article 12


Articles about Animals and Pets – Hope for Awatchi

Animal abuse is often a heart breaking and difficult subject to talk about but I felt so moved by this reader's experience that I knew her story needed to be shared. Here is her letter.

Dear Stephanie,

I have enclosed a picture of a horse I rescued seven years ago, named Awatchi (Cherokee for Hope) and am still of the belief she is worth saving. She is very easily spooked by the slightest movements; we were told she was starved by her previous owners and she has multiple scars on her hind legs. I have cared for her and she has come a long way.

Getting her to trust me and allow me to groom and care for her feet has been a lot of work. She has good manners and had been trained and ridden by an experienced horse trainer prior to coming to our home.

I have been told she should only be ridden by an experienced rider. I am a beginner rider and so is my son. We are hoping that we can gain some insight into the abuse she suffered before she came to us, so that we can help her to heal.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Yours truly, Tabatha Y.


Dear Tabatha,

I felt Awatchi's fear and pain as soon as I saw her picture. Her past traumas were evident in her emotional body and the few images I received from her were very disturbing. Animals that are abused often don't want to communicate about it because they never forget what has happened and they don't want to relive the experiences over again.

Awatchi told me that she needs to have strong clear images from Tabatha and to know that she is loved. She also wants to experience the feeling of being bonded with a human as she has not had this yet. Being ridden, she indicated, would be one way for her to feel this bond.

Awatchi has come a long way and her trust and love are growing. She truly is living up to her name, which means Hope in the Cherokee language.

Because animals “think” in pictures and pick up on our energies, sending them images of what you want to do before you do it and being aware of how you are “being” is vital in gaining trust and confidence in your communication with them and in assisting them to heal.


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