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Barriers Down

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I will admit the ongoing pressure of caretaking the rash of events we’ve faced in the last month is making it hard for me to maintain a sunny disposition. My positive outlook is getting worn to a frazzle and the lonesome walk to the barn had become something I started to dread. The prescribed confinement of Mix intended to guard her leg against any further damage was not only taking a toll on Mix’s state of mind but the other three were starting to show their frustration, too, not to mention how it was weighing increasingly heavy on me.

With support from our liaison to This Old Horse who has been coming over twice a day to convince Mix to swallow her meds, we gradually opened more space for our injured mare. This morning I opened the gates allowing all four horses to intermingle throughout the two paddocks as one herd.

I think their relief was second to my own. It is one less thing I need to be concerned with in our daily routine. Just in time for what the week ahead holds for us. I will be driving Cyndie to multiple appointments and on Tuesday or Wednesday, I will likely need to clear snow.

It will make my life much easier if Mix and the other horses aren’t unhappy with their situation. I’m hoping that having Mix’s barriers down will help me to feel happier, too!

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  1. You all have been in my prayers over the past few weeks and I am happy to finally be able to get here to see how you are doing. It sure seems like a time of some difficulty for you all, and I know how that can wear on you and change your otherwise sunny disposition. And that’s okay…but only for a bit. You will start to feel relief and get back to feeling more normal…but sometimes we have to fake it until we make it…to help it along. I am sending all good energy…and healing energy for you all!! ❤

    lorriebowden

    November 27, 2022 at 11:21 am

    • Thank you for the inspiration, Lorrie! It is comforting for me to pay attention to the allies I have in the world who are cultivating health and healing of minds, bodies, and souls! I cherish your blessitudes!

      johnwhays

      November 27, 2022 at 2:09 pm

      • And I cherish our connection!! You have been in my prayers and list of people to send healing energy to!! This too shall pass…hang in there my friend!

        lorriebowden

        November 27, 2022 at 3:34 pm


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