At Our Best

I love watching how people change when they spend time with horses. It can be a magical thing.

Sometimes the best part is watching as the person realizes they always had many wonderful qualities. The horse just helped bring those qualities out for all to see.

To paraphrase Churchill, he was right…there really is something about the horse…

14 thoughts on “At Our Best”

  1. Jeannette Jones says:

    I love horses and riding them! Started about 8 yo (1956) and last rode, Summer 2020! Currently looking for hobby farm to buy for couple horses, goats, chickens…..

  2. Jana Fischer says:

    I find your messages so interesting . Thank you for sharing them. I have had horses for 60 years and truly the outside of a horse is good for the inside of man. And, the inside of the horse is good for man. A relationship with them is a meeting of 2 souls.

    1. Thanks Jana. I’m glad you find them interesting. I should have used the entire Churchill quote…thanks for sharing it here…Enjoy your horses!

  3. You are probably going to get messages from people who love cows after hearing this but I’m with you all the way as far as horses go. Brought a tear to my eyes when you talked about the connection and about how much they try to please. Love the weekly videos!

    1. Thanks, Mary…it’s because you are always looking for that connection with your horse. I haven’t heard from any bovine fans yet but like you, I consider it a possibility. Thanks for the support.

  4. Our relationship with animals, all animals, has traditionally been from a mindset of human superiority. Thankfully, science has proved that we too are animals, which has…I don’t know…given us permission?…to change that innate sense of “being better than” an animal to one of “being different from”.

    With this new mindset, our relationship with another animal encourages a basic honesty which satisfies our own self-integrity and allows us both to feel heard (as opposed to herd, LOL!). We can allow ourselves to be genuine, open and receptive to what the animal is trying to tell us, just as he can feel safe enough, relaxed enough to tell us what he needs.

    I don’t have horses, nor do I spend much time around them, but I do know dogs, and the same situation holds true. If I accept a dog at his own evaluation, watching and listening to his concerns, offering respect and communicating with him in a way that we both understand, I’m no longer “master”, but partner.

    And it’s that partnership, that two-way communication, that ideal bond, that we’re both seeking, isn’t it? Isn’t it, in fact, safety, security, even love?

    1. Walka M Wardell says:

      Beautiful insight… thank you for posting.

  5. Walka M Wardell says:

    So… I must confess… I was extremely distracted today while driving unfortunately as I attempted to count the various horses out in a neighbor’s pasture… I recovered the wheel quickly but it was so lovely just to see them out grazing and enjoying the cooler temperatures here this week compared to this past weekend. I for one am thankful that we have brought the horse into our present and hopefully our futures. Have a beautiful week!

    1. OH Good! So it’s not just me…LOL
      Glad you were able to recover without causing any trouble.
      I’m am also grateful for their presence in our times… they bring a little peace and sanity to a sometimes tumultuous world.

  6. Walka M Wardell says:

    I also agree with your summation of the reason behind our connection with these beautiful animals… I for myself believe that they bring out the best within our characters because of their purity. I have found that there is a serenity available every time I am near them and a peacefulness.

  7. Karen Dance says:

    I’m not sure what it is Pat, about horses either, but I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who gets excited when I drive by horses in fields. They are absolutely lovely to look at, to watch, to listen to snuffle and whinny, and yes, to smell. Nothing like the smell of a horse.

    Love your videos and looking forward to getting back to riding.

    1. I remember when I was at the University of Toronto and during exams when I needed a break, I would run down to the stable (at Scarborough College) and inhale the smell of the horses. It always gave me the impetus to study harder!

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