A relationship with a horse can mean a lot.

The Wild Hope

The Wild Hope in Austin, TX, helps the survivors of sex trafficking by facilitating healthy and collaborative relationships with mustangs. Vanessa, the program’s founder, says that mustangs are especially qualified for this type of therapy because the survivors can see shades of themselves in the stories of the horses. Seeing themselves in the horses helps the survivors build a relationship, and that relationship helps them reflect on themselves.

Vanessa says that the interactions that someone has with one of the mustangs prompts a survivor to look inside themselves and try to understand what challenges they are working to overcome.

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