Good news here on the Ridge! (The Ridge is the local slang term for North San Juan where I live.) The picture will say it all.
Yep, I got some pasture time today. Patrik has gained weight and their coats are about to jump off of them if I don't get down to some serious currying soon. The birds will have plenty of nesting material.
I love this look of Patrik's...Isenbart called it "a gaze from the depths of a dream" I believe. Here, Patrik was looking over towards the two mules across the street. He seemed to be very tuned in to what was going on over there.
The same view from another angle.
June made a good attempt at seeing the value in the horse/human relationship chart but we still have more to go. How about a new horse owner using it to evaluate potential trainers, and as a place to start discussions with them, to get to know them better? How about a non-horse owning philanthropist wants to give money to someone furthering the horse/human consciousness shift and this will give her a place to start in researching who to support?
Did anybody notice that there is nothing in there that talked about loving a horse, or respecting a horse? It is based on the physical actions which are performed or not performed with horses, which is what the horses know us by, not by the fancy words we might use.
Keep going, let's hear a few more potential uses of a chart like this.
In the meantime, a little gift. Here's what Sunny and I did this morning. It's a view from "the rocks."
And some clouds from yesterday (no audio). It's hard to tell but the clouds were moving in opposite directions.
Monica said in comment to the last post:
I found the links you included regrettably typical of the traditional horse world. I cannot help but observe that as we treat our horses, so we treat ourselves. Those people do not treat themselves with compassion ... so how, then could they possibly treat their horses with compassion? How do we help people love themselves so they can love their horses?
Monica, this is exactly the heart of the matter. Thank you for posing the observation and question. Let's launch from here.