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beware the red mare

This horse and I have a love/hate relationship.Seriously.  I know…  how could you not love a creature such as this.  Just look into that liquid doe eye. She is a fire red unicorn missing a horn. Absolutely majestic creature. If she were in high school she would win for “best hair”. The boys would love her from afar, but she wouldn’t get any dates.Know why? She is C.R.A.Z.Y. that is why….

We are working on it though. It has been two months and two weeks since I have been handling her on a daily basis. The first day  her owner strapped on a helmet and safety vest and yielded a big orange Parelli stick just for a short walk out to the pasture. I should have done what horses do , the fright and flight response. I should have run in the other direction BUT I didn’t. WTH?

Horses are my passion. I pretty much live at the barn and smell, well lets say horsey… .That sounds nicer than ass! I LOVE, love, love my two horses. They ground me.  They teach me on a daily basis about patience and kindness and to be grateful. This horse however, almost puts me in the ground. Literally. For real, true story. Rearing, spinning me around on the end of her lead rope. It is actually down right dangerous.You can’t duke it out with a 1000 lb beast, you will never win. Call the meat truck I hear myself thinking….:0/ . I know, horrible thoughts. I did think about it though. More than once.

Like I said, we are working on it. She is teaching me to be more patient. The calmer I become, the calmer she is. The more aggressive I become with her, the more aggressive she gets. Hmmm. See the pattern? We have had three really great days in a row. I can  lead her in now without her dragging me in. Baby steps. We are coming round the bend. Reminder here… this is not my horse… Any sane person would look for a different arrangement to not have to deal with her, and I have, but then I haven’t found the perfect arrangement yet either. Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something more. There is no “perfect”. Maybe the universe is trying to teach me more … One thing I do know is there are no bad  horses, just bad owners. Maybe, if they took the time to listen to the horse, they could hear what the horse is trying to tell you it needs. fox3fox6fox5fox4fox


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  1. She is beautiful! And so are your photographs – exquisite angles.
    I should put you together with my niece in Australia. She’s a horse podiatrist and endurance rider. She smells as horsey as you do 🙂 and is just as passionate.

  2. I have never been able to hate a horse or find them guilty of any malicious intent. But I’m not a horse person. Just is just from seeing them ….. actually I LOVE horses but have not been so lucky to ride as often as I’d like or ever own one or work with them. But I LOVED the times I’ve had with them. Your horse sounds like Kelpie, from George MacDonald book The Marquis Secret. She was a wild thing. I wouldn’t want a wild horse, as innocent as I find them. That would scare me.

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