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The HopeFoal Project: one teen's letter to her horse

This is a letter written by one of the girls attending sessions at the Medicine Horse Ranch to the horse she worked with in the HopeFoal Program, sponsored by MyChelle Dermaceuticals. The counselors asked the girls to write a letter describing any appreciations, resentments or regrets they had about their experience at Medicine Horse. The girls then shared their letters with the group and with their horses.

Dear Nitro,

I guess I'm supposed to write a letter to you telling about my feelings of saying goodbye and what I've learned. It's really hard for me to say goodbye. I've done it a lot in my life and it always reminds me of the last time I saw my birth mom.

I appreciate all that you've taught me. I loved you the minute I laid eyes on you. Some people call you stubborn or bossy or angry! I chose you because I see those things in myself too.

We learned to trust each other. You accepted me for who I am. I can really be myself around you because I know you won't judge me.

I didn't feel like I deserved to be loved. You help me remember that I do deserve to be loved just the way I am. I don't have to do things to earn love.

I resent that I can't take you home with me. I regret that this group is ending. I also really appreciate the people in this group for being kind and open.


The client

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