Here’s the background from a previous email…
I had no horse experience when I adopted her – long story short – she was headed to kill pen (2nd time in her life by age of 7) and my friend saved her but had no job to support her. I agreed with the understanding that others would help me with her. That lasted 6 weeks and within 6 months I knew I was in over my head with an Off The Track thoroughbred who hated humans, was down right nasty and wanted no parts of being haltered, that job took me 45-60 mins minimum since she was out 24/7 and had 10 acres to run in.
Needless to say, after 6 months I had to ask myself if I was the right caretaker for her. Surely, there had to be someone better with experience. Anyone who saw me near her always reminded me I had no business being with her; too much horse they would say and, of course, they felt I needed to make her listen. Well, I couldn’t. Force has never been a part of my nature.
I do feel there is something cosmic going on. Despite my physical disability, the time I’ve spent with Allie this past month has changed dramatically. I feel absolutely great when I’m with her as I remain in the presence of the moments of everything we do together.
This past week has been the best so far, feeling the magic of our connection. For instance, the other day the pastures were flooded from 3 days of rain. Allie happened to be standing on a dry spot between 2 huge areas of water; resembling 2 ponds.
At first I thought she wanted to eat hay there so I took a hay net out and placed it on the ground in front of her. I said my good bye as I was ready to leave for the day. She turned and followed me.
For whatever reason, I stopped, looked her in the eye and said Allie, do you think you can walk through the water with me? Allie hates puddles of water. She will do whatever it takes to go around or jump over but rarely through unless I have halter and lead rope on her.
I turn and walk toward the biggest “pond” – at least 60 feet or more in each direction. She followed, stopped at the edge. I stopped with her then beckoned her onward with me. She followed by my side. Half way out I stopped, she stops. I pick up my right foot and start stomping at the water and she replies with picking up her right front foot and striking the water as well. I switched to the left foot and she mimicked that as well. We continued walking to the other end of the water’s edge and then back to where we started. She was in total connection with me, stopping, backing, turning.
I didn’t realize how deep the water was in some parts and despite my boots and pants being soaking wet, I’m thinking this is crazy fun!!
I felt like a little girl again beaming with heartfelt joy, gratitude, and this amazing feeling I hadn’t ever felt before, perhaps because I found the true magic of being at one with your horse.
It’s these moments I treasure and reflect inwardly to find what needs to flow within me. It’s also people like yourself that give me the tools to find the small ways of taking big steps toward my dreams. I love your “Quiet Mind” and “Not Quite Right” approach as it’s so practical and offers valuable insights of where I am and where I want to be.
Jenny: Ahhh I love my email inbox…
Karen was on Fast Track.