Random Picture Dump

I think I’m going to do this every now and then…I get some great shots that I’m not sure how to build a post around them-some it’s easy, some, not so much!-so a random picture dump is necessary. No theme, rhyme or reason, just a bunch of pictures I want to share. 🙂

Ruby chewing her back leg

Ruby chewing her back leg

Would have worked great in the “So Itchy!!” post, but the ones of Astrid were better.

I just love this one... <3

I just love this one… ❤

She looks so noble…so beautiful…yeah, she had a mouth full of water, that she proceeded to spit on Cookie, who was just out of frame. 😛

My Girl can strike a pose!

My Girl can strike a pose!

She heard the cows mooing a few fields over and she turned to watch them…she has issues with all things bovine!

I see this a lot when I come out the back door.

I see this a lot when I come out the back door.

Sable will call for someone to come snuggle her. Astrid hangs out beside her, just in case nummies come too. 😉
I call these 2 my “Big Girl/Little Girl Alliance”.

Aww! She's got sparkle polish on!

Aww! She’s got sparkle polish on!

I bought it for Cookie, but haven’t had a chance to use it on her…Kid did up Sable’s hooves with it though.

PoloCat2

Polo Girl 🙂

Our little dumped cat is looking so good! We can pick her up and snuggle her now, and The Kid has been able to brush her coat some too. So much better from the matted wild thing she was over winter.

My MaxCat. <3

My MaxCat. ❤

I do love my MaxCat. He follows me around all over the farm, like my furry orange shadow.

Astrid coming to see me.

Astrid coming to see me.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before…a lot of my pictures of Astrid are her coming towards me and the camera. 🙂 Yesterday, her and I had a wonderful hands on session together. I hate to say this, but sometimes, this beauty gets short-changed on my time, so I have to go out with absolute intention of working with her.

The Paints are high maintenance girls, so they take up the bulk of my time, but that’s not fair to Astrid. Yesterday was a rub all over spa day for Astrid. We picked up all 4 feet, and not only picked them out-which gets done every day anyways-but practiced holding them up and balancing with them in the air. I just picked up a foot, and once she was set, I’d give her a little push here, and a little push there, and let her re-balance with her foot in the air. Every time she re-balanced without grabbing her foot back, she got tons of praise and neck rubs. If she pulled her foot back politely, she got praise and neck rubs. It was a case of helping her work on “foot in the air balancing”. Great for when she’s having her hooves trimmed. 🙂

And finally, one last picture of my Sweetie…

She is so pretty!

She is so pretty!

She was coming around the shelter towards me, and as I watched her come, and marked the degrees of bend, all I could think was “How on Earth did you not end up in a show ring?!?”

I don’t know, but I’m glad she’s here with me!

Owning Horses Healed My Heart

I have, in my life, been an angry, angry woman.
I have been a not nice person as well.

It may come as a surprise to some that my childhood years were not as good as they might have seemed from the outside. I don’t dwell there anymore. I’ve moved on. A lot of the people who made that time ugly are just not a part of my life anymore, and I’m good with that. They are a part of what made me an angry woman.

Even when my Kid came along, I carried a lot of anger and hurt. Having a child meant having to bury it, because you don’t want to have that stuff splatter all over your child. You want them to grow up without that garbage.

Oh, but then, when she was having problems in school, and we signed her up for riding lessons…oh, there came that time in the barn. That connection to all things equine.

I say it a lot, Equine Therapy works. I know it does.
My Kid is living proof.
I’m living proof.

I was angry. I was hurt. Deep down inside, where I didn’t think I could ever heal. I honestly thought I would carry that for the rest of my life.

And then I met this Girl…

<3 Cookie <3

❤ Cookie ❤

And my life has changed forever.

In order to gain her trust, I had to fix myself. How could she ever trust me, if I couldn’t trust myself? You can’t go into a pasture with a horse who needs to learn to trust again while carrying anger, hurt and resentment, and expect things to work. It can’t, it doesn’t, it won’t.

I had to fix *ME* in order to help her. To gain her trust. To show her that humans can be trusted.

But y’know what’s funny? In order to fix me, to help Cookie, I needed this girl:

Smiling SableWhy?

It’s simple…because Sable is the epitome of “In perfect Love and perfect Trust”. She trusts so easy and offers her giant heart for love so willingly.

She is our Miracle horse.
She saved me.
Sable save me from me, and with her help, I’ve been able to be the Human my Cookie needs, so she can be the Very Best Horse she can be.

I will always love my Bella for that.