I find it absurd to speculate that horseback riding is what sent Anne Romney into remission. I know a woman with MS who swears she is healed by prayer; another with Grave's disease that also said it's prayer that sent her illness into remission. So the rest of us who pray aren't doing something right?
Surely the love for any being - a horse, cat, dog, person - is a positive influence, and how much the immune system or body's healing capacity is bolstered by connection with someone they love, an activity they love, can only be beneficial. But to suggest the horseback riding was *the* reason is ridiculous. I know a woman who loves horses dearly and is extremely knowledgeable on how to care for them, etc., and yet she continues to lose ground in her battle with MS. But at least she has the love of her dear horses, just as I've found my pets to be a comfort in my own struggle.
I do understand why Anne Romney must present herself as able bodied in order to back her husband's political campaign. But the interviewer made it clear he was asking about MS. I think the responsible answer for Ms. Romney to have given would be that yes, her MS is in remission but that the disease has a different progression for everyone. The same is true in her battle with breast cancer. For example, Linda McCartney (wife of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney) loved her horses dearly and went horseback riding on the day before she died. I'm sure this was a great comfort to Linda and a testimony to the strength of her spirit.
But the plain facts are that MS and breast cancer are serious diseases, and not everyone goes into remission or recovers - through no fault of their own. Many who are disabled were once healthy, active, people. They are spiritual or not - but still all have MS. There is no study that suggests "energy exchange" has reversed MS or sent anyone into remission, though people may believe whatever they choose. Remission is not necessarily caused by something the PwMS *does*.
I hope Ms. Romney stays in remission, but personally I think we don't understand why people get this disease, why some become more severely disabled and others do not, and certainly we know there is no cure. And if a cure's discovered, I doubt it will have anything to do with horses.