It looked like Bazaconi had found a new calling. He was going to teach people to get in touch with horses and themselves. I’m no therapist, but if what I do with horses can help people, I’m pretty happy.
Baz is featuring in my journey as a facilitator of equine assisted experiential therapy. I wish there was a softer word than therapy; the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder soldiers had been therapied out of their minds. After the first day at the camp, the participants were blazing around the campfire. Happy smiles with talk developing of new friendships. Friends who knew how you felt and shared in your excitement. It had been a long time since some of these guys had enjoyed this camaraderie.
It is inspiring and Baz had played a big part of it, the soldiers’ knew Bazaconi’s story as well as you do. They related to his torrid life and could see that he had triumphed and become an inspiration to people in their positions.
The retreat at Kangaroo Valley was an absolute success, largely on Bazaconi’s back but with the help of several other beautiful equine therapists. Six out of the seven participants have continued with their equine journey by volunteering at the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust. The change in some of them from the time we met is astonishing.
Bazaconi is going from strength to strength as a teacher, with me using him to educate our volunteers and staff. He is proving to be a hit at Cana Farm where we deal with disassociated people. Those dealing with addiction, homelessness, refugees, people with mental health issues, ex-prison inmates and others. Cana can see the benefit of horses working with people and Bazaconi is becoming the poster child. It is interesting how people who have dealt with adversity and come out the other side, often become the best mentors for those following similar journeys.
It seems Baz was just another, putting back into the system that took him in and helped him through. Baz has continued to develop as a riding horse, he is now teaching other riders to sit quietly and consider their reactions. I will continue Bazaconi ‘s education as a riding horse. This year I will take him out to some competitions and I have no doubt that he will do the best he can for me as will I for him. I said I would never let him down and I won’t.
As Bazaconi’s journey continues, I will keep you informed of his progress, thank you for enjoying his story to this point. Your interest is another positive which can be attributed to Bazaconi, raising the awareness of what we do for these magnificent creatures.