I put this picture up on Facebook this morning and have spent the day, touched by people’s comments and with tears filling my eyes – tears of overwhelming appreciation and sadness too, at having had our last magical ride together.
There’s many special horses in the world, but this one… this one… is special beyond all. His courage in holding out for me to be the best that I could be was just extraordinary. He actually wrote our first book – it was the notes of the thoughts and ideas that I heard in my head while I was riding him, that I later gathered together into Bobby’s Diaries.
When I made the big break through into understanding how to actually listen to him properly, he sighed and I heard his voice almost as clear as if someone had spoken to me “Thankyou… Now I don’t have to yell at you any more.” Please remember, hearing like that is not everyone’s experience of their natural talent for Feel. You’ll develop your OWN unique sense of Feel for your horse as you work your way through my programs. 🙂
And he inspired everything else – books, programs, my own personal development, spiritual growth – SPECIALLY my spiritual growth – everything.
Virginia pointed out on Facebook this morning that his wisdom is still rippling around the world and will no doubt continue to ripple long after he’s gone. Thank God he’s not gone yet – just retired! Still herd leader and as someone else pointed out, still adding his two cents worth into everything that happens around here.
Back in the “olden days” of the Parelli instructor program, when we were working so hard to stay there, I thought he was such a difficult horse – someone’s actually got video footage of him repeatedly bucking higher than my head in a lesson one day. And all the time he was a precious Caretaker and he was just resisting everything that wasn’t sweetness and light and connection from my end.
For all those who have difficult horses, Bobby was a classic example – don’t give up on them, they’ve likely got very much to teach you. Find another way. The answer is more likely to be getting gentler, not getting stronger. Everything they do has a reason and their sentience is extraordinary when they’re not in panic mode. You too may be lucky enough to have a Bobby.
And even that last day, he walked up to the mounting block, bareback and bridle-less and invited me to come for one last ride…
I’ve dug up some old photos – there’s not so many of us together cos’ I’m the photographer around here. Liberty and bridle-less was always our forte. Gosh we’ve done all kinds of crazy liberty things together over the years, including being out in the bush together at liberty from the car – I’ve put that video and why we started to do that, down below. Here’s a link to that full article – it was an interesting one. Just a few months ago I had him out in the bush behind the farm at Rokeby a liberty off the farm bike.