Freedom and Horses


Today I’m feeling overwhelmed by all the horrific news out of Paris this weekend and the consequent reactions and actions of some the world leaders. The thought of all the uncertainty of knowing not if we will be hit again but where, leads me to want to throw all my personal freedoms to the wind and retreat. Something I know in my heart, I shouldn’t do.

After clicking off CNN’s breaking news, I pull off the shelf a book on horses and read a quotation my Helen Thompson: “In riding a horse we borrow freedom.” I was struck how true that statement is especially at this time when freedom seems in such short order.

It’s amazing how spending time with a horse can provide me such a sense of well being and calm. Doesn’t even matter if I’m trotting on the back of my mare Willow down a country trail, or spending time grooming or feeding , the effect is the same. What is it about these gentle giants that bring out the best in me?

When I later show up at Willow’s barn and walk out to her pasture, she whinnies when she sees me and comes trotting over. She nuzzles my pocket hoping for a treat


My heart softens. My blood pressure lowers and I am again at peace with the world.

Something that you may not know about me, is that I won my first horse Chloe at a rodeo in Wilsall, Montana. To be precise I bought the remaining $35 dollars worth of raffle tickets. She is the first and last thing I’ve ever won.


Tag along as I share musings on everything from family to business, which will hopefully inspire you and stir the mind. I am happy that you are along for the journey. Here’s to Living Lively!


  • Ginny
    November 21, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you Jennifer… Loved reading about your horse experience.. Phil has started riding again and I understand why.. By the way I was in Florence the week after I read your blog. I would have bought that elephant too! Thanks for sharing so much with us. Wonderful reading. Happy Holidays!

  • Jennifer
    November 21, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks Ginny for your nice comments. The elephant is a treasure! Hope you had a wonderful stay in Florence. Sending you all the best for the holidays!

  • Anonymous
    November 21, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Jennifer, I loved reading this!! You summed up so much in such a short passage, it’s beautifully written and so much fun to read!! Keep blogging, it’s fabulous!!

  • Laurel
    November 22, 2015 at 1:30 am

    We all feel the same way, to find a personal release and meaningful activity in our lives in these times of unconscionable terror and grief.

  • Mary
    November 22, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Jennifer, you bring back fond memories of Angel…a horse I would ride bareback every weekend through the hills and lakes. You captured feeling of solace and peacefulness. Xo

  • Omar
    September 10, 2017 at 8:10 pm

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