Just a blog about an Appy named Louie, a POA named Honey, his minion (me), and some faith and grace. Oh, did I fail to mention we also do western dressage as well as trail ride? :)
12/24/20 - Christmas Eve
For the first time in 800 years we saw the Christmas Star. This is after almost a full year of CoVid 19 and shut-downs. One has to wonder, if God can send a rainbow to Moses after 40 days of rain and flooding. What does 2021 hold in store for us? We have seen things in 2020 that most have never seen. The last pandemic that shut down countries was the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. One has to have faith that God would not give us more than we can handle, right?
But, we are tired. Our health care system is tired. Our country is in turmoil and we needed a sign. I am not sure how much more clear God could have gotten than this. "Trust and know..."
Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. I am not sure that I have ever been around a happier horse than little Miss Honey. She generally greets you with ears up and a gentle nicker. Of course, she could just be hopeful for a cookie or an apple… But she is generally a happy little horse. She likes to go out to explore the world when we go on a trail ride, looking forward with wide eyes and pricked ears. Happy to see what is around the bend. If we are doing some arena work, she is bouncing through that with a spring in her step looking for the next challenge. I am wondering, do we have a choice to be like Honey? To greet each day with our eyes open and ears perked up looking for the next adventure that is coming our way? Maybe the adage “Happiness is a choice” could be applied? Maybe when circumstances threaten to crush people’s spirits and sink them into the gloom, they need the powerful medicine of joy more than ever. Sol
6/4/21 Matthew 7:7-8 ~ “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door opens.” I think little miss Honey has been reading this scripture regularly. She has been asking and knocking at the door to her stall for treats, snacks and extra meals like a hobbit looking for 2 nd and 3 rd breakfast. She is teaching the little colt next door how to beg for snacks and treats. Louie pretty much ignores her unless she is successful in getting on of her minions (me) to give an extra helping of hay or dinner snackies. Then he joins in on the begging. Honey and Louie even do a pat down to see if I am hiding cookies in my pockets when I go in to clean their rooms! These horses have it made. Breakfast and dinner in bed, Mani-pedies every 6 weeks, spa days, personal chauffer, all the cookies, and housekeeping every day to keep their rooms tidy wit
Faith isn’t a feeling. It’s a choice to trust God even when the road ahead seems uncertain. ~ Dave Willis Faith and Trust, two words each with 5 letters. Both on the surface seem so small but yet are so big. Have Faith and Trust you hear people say. I myself have often said the same thing. But what does that really mean? In working with horses I have to trust in my instincts and have faith that what I am doing is the right thing. After working with these wonderful animals for many, many years I have learned to read their body language and subtle cues that they give me when working with them. Some say that it is “whispering” to horses. No, not really; I am just listening to what they are telling me as if I was having a conversation with anyone else. The flick of an ear, the tightening of facial muscles, swishing of a tail… Those are all ways that horses speak to us if we listen. Just as your pet dog or cat “speaks” to you when they want let out, a treat, your attention, to p