I'm thoroughly enjoying all the winter ruminations about horsemanship. What better time to read the thoughts of other equestrians than when it's below freezing, ice and snow packed?
This morning, I got a dose of inspiration from Annette's blog, News from Aspen Meadows. We've all talked about how the qualities of passive leadership would really be the qualities of an excellent human leader, as well. Annette takes it from human to horse as she highlights some of those qualities in this and her previous posts. Very inspiring.
Yesterday I played with my horses. Ahhh, what a life. I get to play with horses. It was cold, but the sun was shining and the horses were in the most delightful mood. I walked with them, chased them, teased them, had some fun. I hadn't gone out there to tape it, but I had my little pocket camera with me, so I captured a few minutes--as much as my bare hand could handle before needing to replace the glove.
This clip gives you a good idea of what my daily life is like with the herd. It's our little interactions that make the horse life special. You can see all of their personalities so much better from this view--much more realistic than the clips I assembled of them chasing each other around.
There's one thing I didn't capture because I didn't expect it, and that was Beautiful running full out through the snow, past her herd buddies who were trying to get her to go the other way, to say goodbye to me as I left the pasture. I had almost made it to the gate when I caught her from the corner of my eye running toward me. It may have been the first time any of my horses have ran to me like that without me holding some sort of food. I gave her a rub on the withers and a kiss goodbye before leaving. Does a horse care about a kiss? Probably, but even if she didnt, I do.
Quiet of the Herd
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!