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.