“The Way We Look at Horses” by Trent Dabbs


Trent Dabbs’ “The Way We Look at Horses” is a haunting, lovely rumination on Equine Therapy – the use of horses in treating patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental and physical ailments.

The song is extraordinary for many reasons, not the least of which is its remarkably lush, intricately layered instrumentation. The gorgeous gallop-mimicking rhythm in the intro is matched by sprawling, wave-like piano at the end. The result is moody, melodic, and magnificent. Intimate yet panoramic.

One of those songs that reaches deep within your chest, tangles with your heartbeat, pushes its orchestral sound through your veins and lingers in your blood long after the last note ends.

An intense, exquisite song born of deep pain and desperate hunger for hope and healing through an unexpected connection.

For we are all beasts of burden trying to outrun our fears, lighten our loads and see understanding in another’s eyes.

-V.C. McCabe 

100_0981-1_20160405213303144V.C. McCabe is a poet, ​freelance writer, and music journalist whose work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Spillway, The Galway Review, Appalachian Journal, Night Train, Dirty Chai, The Pedestal, No Depression, The Charleston Gazette-Mail newspaper and many other journals. A native and current resident of West Virginia, she has lived in and traveled throughout North America, Ireland, and Great Britain. She currently resides with her husband in a book-filled cottage on the bank of the Elk River.  Her website is vcmccabe.com.

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