That’s just what happened to me last Thursday. I was SOOOO lucky. It was my birthday 2 days later and it was a celebration that I was there at all. I had been clipper training my two year old and it was all going a dream. Face, front legs – a thoughtful horseman would have called that a day, but I had to go onto the back legs. She was awesome, so I put the hoof down and carried on. Then out of nowhere; wham!! The only reason I am here to write this is because I was near the swing of the blow and the force of the blow was just above my temple.
Some people may have called her a bad horse, or a dirty horse. Maybe, but she is a good one, a good one with the will to win and determination to do her best. What I failed to do was recognize her learning style. She takes on stress without showing signs until she has had enough. When she has had enough she is direct and clear in her communication.
I’ve thought a lot about that in the days since, as I seem to get hurt a lot around my horses. It mostly happens when I’m in a hurry and not taking the time to be aware of what is around me.
When I got kicked, I phoned Glen. He was home within 15 minutes. It made me realize how much he means to me and why we have been married for 33 years. I also got to reflecting on the patterns of my life and how no matter how much I’ve learned about letting go and only attending to matters I can control, I need to be more aware of the needs of others, as they are not always apparent. I need to constantly re-examine my motives and not try to impose my agenda. This is a powerful lesson for me, as I look back on my previous experiences. It was like finding a puzzle piece you had been searching for, for a long time.
I know this blog is more like a reflective journal, but it just reinforces how much we can learn about ourselves from being around horses. One of my short term goals is to get myself off to Cartier Learning Center and take their Equine Assisted Learning course, as it is a direction I’ve been moving ever since I brought animals into my classroom 15 years ago.
Spruce Meadows was a bit different this year, I was missing the familiar faces of friends who had exhibited in EquiFair for many years. The traffic in the EquiFair was down substantially and we weren’t able to demonstrate the Anivac on the “Breeds” horses. We are in final preparation for the Fall Classis Warmblood Sale where we have two horses in the sale as well as sponsoring a portion of the sale and have a trade booth. After that it is onto the Mane Event in Chilliwack. Time and financial committments have slowed our schedule somewhat, but there is never a shortage of things to do.
I have just submitted an application to FarmFair to have our Caspian Horses featured in the Breeds Showcase, so keep your fingers crossed