Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gratitude

I've talked a lot about gratitude on this blog. The DHC challenge for today was to express your gratitude to someone whom you've taken for granted. I shared this saying that I know I've shared before but it bears repeating, my mom use to tell me, "Give your flowers to the living because the dead can't appreciated them." We all need to know that we're appreciated, loved and accepted for the unique and special people we are. I tried to always tell my mom what she meant to me, how much I loved her, how grateful I was for all she gave and sacrificed for me, how I admired her, how special she was but looking back, I wish I'd told her more. I can't do that now but I can try my best never to take anyone for granted. I try to always show my gratitude to others especially those who do what they do out of love and expecting nothing in return, not even a thanks. I also try to always start my day with a prayer of gratitude because it makes me realize how blessed I am and how small my problems really are. All of that being said, I have a friend who posted something on FB today that I really needed to hear/read. I think I need to tell her just how much her wise words helped me with something I've been struggling with. I know it makes me feel wonderful when someone tells me that I helped them without even knowing I had. So, that's my gratitude for today.

I also want to share the saying my friend posted that I'm so grateful for. I've been struggling for a long time with someone who is a continual thorn in my side. I try to forgive her every time she says or does something to hurt me but as a friend recently told me, forgiving might be possible but I'll never forget. Perhaps, I can't forget because she continually points out my flaws and I am all too aware of them myself and see her constant verbal jabbings as confirmation. I was thinking just last night that maybe I need to forgive myself and accept myself warts and all and then perhaps her constant criticism won't be so hurtful. Then I saw the post from my friend this morning and felt it was written just for me, "Weak people seek revenge. Strong people forgive. Wise people ignore." I never knew that ignoring her was even an option, haha, but I think that will be my course from now on. Something else my mother use to tell me that her dad told her, "You can't beat a bully with your fists but you can defeat them with a smile. When someone is cruel to you, just smile at them and turn and walk away." Works for me!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

 Spent the first part of today, de-burring and braiding. I managed to easily get Mouse and Danny's mane done but Riley and Django were not as cooperative and Django has a proper mess of burrs tangled in his locks. I still worked with him until he grew impatient, I grew tired and my fingers grew sore. That will be a job for another day. The in-line braids that I did here, will help to keep the burrs at bay.



Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sensory Challenge


I've neglected this blog lately. I've had a lot going on personally for the last two months and I'm afraid that I've neglected my horses, too. They are still cared for, fed and watered, but the neglect has come from how little time I have to spend with them. They are fine but I know they miss me as much as I miss them. When I do have a few minutes to spend with them, they fight over my attention as if it was a sweet delectable treat. They do need that attention now. The cockle burrs are out and clinging to every bit of mane and tail. I spent hours one day last week picking them out but it was a futile effort. They seemed to have acquired twice as many the next day. But I will keep trying and hopefully Steve will get his bushhog back on the farm and cut those demon weed down, ha.

Danny is growing ever taller and it does seem, ever sweeter. He is the gentlest, calmest little guy and he ran with me yesterday, me huffing along with my overweight body and him, doing the smoothest, sharpest fox trot you'd ever want to see. I need new photos of him. I also need to start working with him, preparing him to go under saddle by Spring I hope. Also,hopefully, I can film a lot along the way of that training so that I can share this with my friend, Huston Jenkins, in Missouri.

I was reminded today of a small part of why I love horses so much. The DHC challenge for today was to use your 5 senses to describe a memory involving nature. Not surprising is the fact that my memory involved horses. What is surprising is how my earliest tactile memory is of a horse but it took me 49 years to get one of my own. I don't know how I lived so long without a horse in my life. There's so much to remember and cherish, the sweet aroma of burying your nose in the horse's mane and taking in an odor that is a mix of sweet hay, flowers and sunshine, the coarse feel of the mane against your face and in your hand as you mount, the squeak of the leather and smell of saddle soap and leather, the soft nicker of the horse and its even softer nuzzle, the feel of a tender breeze caressing your skin and the gentle rays of sunshine warming it, feeling the horse move underneath you, connecting with the horse and appreciating how it responds to even subtle cues and soft hands, looking around at this beautiful country we live in and seeing so much green, so green that you can actually smell it, almost feel it and a blue sky above that dazzles, and finally, looking into those soft brown eyes and having them look back at you, whispering softly and knowing as a child or an adult and, even when others scoff, that the horse understands, on some level, it always understands.

And now, I think I'll take the time or make the time to go and visit for a while with my horses. I'll breath in their sweet odor, caress those gentle muzzles, and obediently scratch the itchy spots they point out.....they have me so well trained. :)