Thursday, July 26, 2012

In Good Company



We have some friends who have a really nice barn but are not horse people. It is the place where we took our horses last year when the hurricane was heading our way.  Over the weekend, we stopped by to see them and learned that they had some new boarders.  There was also a young lady from Italy who was afraid of horses, so I offered to go in the barn with her to see if we could change her mind.
I walked into the darkened barn and was greeted from the first stall by a beautiful black mare named Lena. She was so calm, with big, kind eyes that just melted my heart. This was a very special horse. I offered her a carrot and stroked her neck, feeling a strong, welcoming connection. In contrast, the horse in the next stall was kicking and snorting –“Hey, what about me? Me first! Give that carrot to me!” I knew that alpha mare well. She had attacked Silk and Siete when they were briefly here last summer. It was the reason that I had to do a second emergency evacuation right after the hurricane to get my horses back safely to our barn.  This Arabian princess is one high-strung piece of work.
After I appeased the pushy mare, I went back to lovely Lena and reminded myself that I had two sweet and loving mares of my own just down the road at my place. The Italian visitor was coaxed to tentatively pat the black horse, but I couldn’t convince her that these animals offer us windows into our souls. I thought about people whom I knew with personalities similar to the two horses – ones who were all about getting attention for themselves and ones who understood the art of listening and creating serenity.  It made me curious to meet Lena’s owner, which I will try to do this weekend. I have a feeling that I will like her as much as I like her horse. What’s that saying—“Show me your horse and I will tell you who you are.”
Before I went to bed, I ventured out to our barn alone. In the last six weeks, since I fell and broke my arm, I have become wary of going out to do all the normal things that I used to do with my horses. Having the use of only my left hand is difficult, and the heavy weight of this brace on my right arm sort of messes up my balance. Still, I saw my horses sticking their heads out, looking for me when I got home, and I knew Silk especially would feel better if I tucked her in for the night.  It’s funny how simple activities like walking in our yard in the dark have suddenly become a challenge. So, I was very happy to find myself once again safely in my own little barn, nuzzling with my girls, enjoying the company of horses. It just felt so right. An important step in my recovery.

12 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

Seems you've taken a very important step in your recovery by being able to go out to your girls. I'm sure they miss your nightly tuck ins and were very happy to have you back. Glad to hear you are on the mend and feeling better. Hope your husband is too. Unfortunately, my daughter has contracted a case of Lyme's again and we are dealing with that at the moment.

Lena sounds like a sweetheart, I'll bet her owner has a similar personality. I always find it hard to believe that some people are actually afraid of horses. I feel you only need to look into their eyes and see their soul. But I guess if you look at it from their perspective they are big and powerful and could be intimidating.

Victoria Cummings said...

Arlene - I'm so sorry that Jacquie is battling Lymes again. Mark is doing very well, just finished his doxy treatment. I wish that they would do more research on this disease and take it more seriously.

billie said...

Oh, darn - I posted a comment earlier and it must have disappeared.

A friend came by yesterday for lunch and was telling me that she has had to cut way back on her passion - rock climbing - due to foot pain. It made me think again how many of us have had issues this spring/summer - my tendonitis is better but I can send it back in a moment's time if I do certain things without thinking first!

Here's hoping that we all ride into fall (literally and figuratively) in good health and spirits! I'm so glad you're on this phase of recovery - I am betting it will speed up now that you can go to the barn again and do a few of the special things with the girls.

Victoria Cummings said...

Billie -My physical therapist told me today that he thinks I may have tendonitis in my arm since I was over zealous about exercising it at home. What have you been doing to help yours? All I know is that as I get older, I want to be in better shape- that's my goal for this year- more flexibility and strengthening to avoid any more stupid injuries!

detroit dog said...

How is Siete doing this summer?

Victoria Cummings said...

Hi Veronica - Siete is doing fine. Her thick mane is so hard for me to keep untangled so I'm going to trim it in a summer haircut this weekend. I'll put up picture of her new "do". How are your pups?

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Hmmm... if the show me your horse theory is right, that means I'm mostly nice + a bit on the lazy side. ;D

So often it takes limitations or loss of the things we take for granted for us to be truly appreciative of them... (at least for me!)

I'm glad you are into the next phase of you recovery now. I'll bet Siete and Silk are too.

I'm with billie in hoping that as the season changes we are all able to spend more time with our horses and in the saddle.

Oak in the Seed said...

Glad you are recovering enough to venture down to the barn where your soulmate waits for you to continue your healing process. Hope you enjoy your visit with Lena's owner and a new path of friendship started. We can never have too many of those!

Simply Marvelous said...

Hi Victoria, After years away from blogging ... I checked in to see what you were doing. So sorry to read that you broke your arm! It only takes something unexpected to mess up our daily routines, not to mention the pain and agony of it all. I speak from experience, unfortunately.

So glad you are now able to continue your nightly tuck-ins. Being with your horses is a wonderful healing therapy for you! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Victoria Cummings said...

Marvel! How great to hear from you - I've missed you and many times, gone back to check if you might have started blogging. Would love to catch up with you! I hope all is well with you and you husband and your wonderful animals.

Victoria Cummings said...

Diane - Great to hear from you, and I'm so happy to read an update on Toby on your blog! He's so sweet. I know Stella would fall in love with him.

Lori Skoog said...

I know the feeling! 3 weeks ago Gary totally tore his achilles tendon and he will be on crutches and in a boot for months. In the meantime, I am still in physical therapy and have had to absorb the barn work. What a summer. Fortunately I can do some of the work, but I'm still a gimp and get tired easily. We'll have to talk.