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Visiting Horses

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Yesterday we made the drive west to reconnect with our horses in their new (old) location. For me, it was my first opportunity to see them since the day they were relocated. It was wonderful, …and a little heartbreaking.

I was beginning to adjust to the void left by their absence. It was a treat to hold them again and breath in their smell, but it also touched a sensitive nerve.

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Dezirea looked great. When we arrived at the far side of the big pasture, we weren’t sure how the groups of horses had been arranged. It was the middle of the day and the horses were looking ready for a nap in the sun. There was a group of seven horses in the big field, most of them far enough away that we couldn’t make a positive identification.

After we started approaching the closest group, two geldings made a point of coming to greet us. In an instant, we made new friends. Slowly, others wandered near, but without crowding us uncomfortably. Meanwhile, one horse stayed against the far fence, focused on horses in the paddocks below.

None of the six that had come toward us were ours, so my attention was on that last horse. We kept walking. Eventually, we spotted that freshly trimmed tail. It had to be Dezirea, but, surprisingly, she didn’t turn around to show us her face until we had gotten very close.

Once she did, it was an emotional rush to see her reaction of recognition.

After spending some time with her and her posse of geldings, we headed off to check on Cayenne and Hunter. I think they are who she was fixated on as she stood against the far fence. The younger two horses had been moved down to a paddock by the barn.

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Hunter approached us right away, but soon decided he was more interested in some hay on the far side of the paddock. We soaked up as much of Cayenne as possible in the time we had.

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Finally, we headed across to pal around with Hunter. He was very much his old self, showing us the yummy hay was just as valuable as our surprise visit.

It was really great to see the three of them again, despite the renewed pangs of loss we feel over their absence from our place. I’m glad they had this chance to know we are still connected to them, even though won’t see each other every day.

I very much appreciate their ability to live in the moment. They accepted our time together without concern for the past or the future. It made for a very precious visit.

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Written by johnwhays

April 15, 2019 at 6:00 am

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  1. Well, I guess your horses were lucky to have a place to return to. Maintaining such a place, as you know full well, is no small thing. That said, we are obliged to give way to the ebbs and flows of life; to tune into the possible without being crushed by the inevitable. Indeed, life is about ‘tuning in’ and, whenever possible, ‘tuning up’. Of course, a musician says the opposite and creates a new tune as you will. I wonder what that will be…. surely music to my ears, for the best is yet to come: truth will prevail.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    April 15, 2019 at 7:30 am

    • ‘ you will’ = ‘as you well know’.

      Ian Rowcliffe

      April 15, 2019 at 7:33 am

    • Yes, and these are all lessons we have learned from having these horses. It means the world to us that our horses are back among familiar mates and surroundings.

      johnwhays

      April 15, 2019 at 8:54 am


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