Last night, after it cooled down a bit, the little horses reminded me to lighten up and have fun. We laugh together as the young foals ran in circles. Watching them reminded me that sometimes going nowhere can be as fun and exciting as going somewhere. Here’s to “going nowhere” and celebrating the ordinariness of life!
OCT. 12, 2014 – Early morning, cool breeze and being in a great space to get our hooves crossing the ground. Feeling frisky and in joy to be alive. Here’s to a day of kicking up your heals.
Oct. 11, 2014 – I hear your friend is not feeling well. When one of us is a bit under the weather we gather around, find greens with white flowers and munch on thistle. Here’s to taking car of those we love and gathering round.
OCT. 10, 2014 – Birthdays are a wonderful day to say thank you to all that cared for me when I was little, sick or just didn’t feel so good. Also a day to say thank you for those that feed me, wash my coat and bring me special treats or get me out of the rain, because they know I don’t like to be wet. Here’s to many more birthdays and happy days.
Oct. 9, 2014 – Last night the full harvest moon brightly shinned down on us. We cantered around in it, then draped it around our shoulders. It flowed onto and into our manes, tails and soul. Soon we were dancing with the moon, the stars and celestial beings. Here’s to dancing with the moonlight and shining just as bright.
Oct. 8, 2014 – Here she comes, it’s been seven suns since we saw her. Bonnet and rope in hand. We are not doing too much in the heat. Maybe she will stay with us a while and listen to the munching of grass and our conversation. Good, she is sitting down and I see how she tilts her shoulder, it looks a bit stiff. I’ll stand next to her for support, maybe that will help. Here’s to just “being together” and learning more about each other.
Oct.7, 2014 – The littlest one is lying down. She wore herself out running in circles. Her protector Mom stands over her. No one is to go past. Very well. It looks like the sun is high and a snooze is the next best thing. Ahhh, the feel of autumn sun on my side is such a welcome, good job little one, reminding me to enjoy the moment. Here’s to turning frustration into relaxation.
Oct. 6, 2014 – Early morning, mist and I see a light in the house where he lives. That means food will soon be in our stalls. We are waiting in line, calling his name. We hope he takes time to visit and share his dreams It seems, after we listen to him, his step is lighter after spending just a bit of time with us. Here’s to stepping lightly today!
Oct. 5, 2014 – Oh look, here they come with a ropes and bonnets. Wonder what we will do today. Hope it’s not the same thing, round and round in circles, that is so boring and sometimes it makes my hip hurt. It would be nice if sometimes I got to go where I wanted, not to far, but maybe to the side of the field, you know past the woods. Here’s to doing what you want to do, then what I want to do and having fun both ways!
Oct. 4, 2014 – Here her friend comes again. Smells like my bonnet is clean. I’m so glad, I rubbed it on the wrong area in the field and it really stunk and made my face burn. Here’s to taking care of things and remembering to be grateful when others do so something nice.
Oct. 3, 2014 – The grass is tall, the air is cool and a breeze is blowing. We all are standing, hip to hip, staring off into space with bellies full. It is so great when we all stop and are silent. It is especially nice when she is here and shares this special space with us. Hear the silent humming of the earth, the grass, the breeze and our heartbeats, ahh… so sweet. Here’s to silentley humming together.
Oct. 2, 2014 – My hoofs are clean and legs wiped down. The ancient sky mares say we used to go travel deep into the forest to get away from the flies. Today we all get the “stinky mist” that keeps them away. I used to be afraid of it’s buzzing sound, I thought it was a big, big biting fly. It took a while for me to understand but now I’m OK with the sound. Here’s to caring enough to bring the forest to me so the flies don’t bite.
Oct. 1, 2014 – The others heard her complain about how I acted when getting my feet trimmed. Why wasn’t she with me? I was so afraid when they put ropes on both sides of my face and I couldn’t get my balance. Then they yelled and their spirit got red hot. I just wanted to go back to the herd. Remember when you quietly picked my feet up and let me lower my head? It was nice that way. Not that I couldn’t learn how to balance and stand like the older horses, but it may take me awhile to get used to it. Here’s to allowing me the time to learn and understand.
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