July 7, 2017
City girls don’t know about things like horses and farming. City girls go everywhere in cars. We expect pizza delivery in minutes and we assume that everyone else wants to be in the city too. But, when you least expect it, city girls find themselves in the country, immersed in a new world of “horses” that they may never have expected to find.
About a year ago, I requested a horseback riding lesson for my birthday. We left the “city” part of our town for the “country” part for the day and my life was forever changed. My husband, a self-proclaimed country-lover, has been talking about horses for the 20 years I’ve known him, but they never entered my consciousness. So, for the past year I’ve had some lessons off and on (and I’m not very good at it). But, aside from my lack of horse-womanship, I’ve discovered some amazing and wonderful things about horses:
- You can absolutely love a horse like you love a dog. My husband has a horse now (and I refer to myself quite openly as his mommy) and I love that horse so much that I wish I could sleep in the barn with him. I miss him when I don’t see him for a day or two.
- Horses love to be petted, brushed, kissed, and talked to – just like dogs and humans do.
- The very best thing in the world is to lay your head on a horses’s neck, put your arms around him and pet him down his side. You don’t need a therapist – a horse is the best therapist you could ever have.
- Horses come to their names.
- Horses are playful. Shooter, my horse love, plays by nudging you with his head and does it all the time. That little scamp also took my phone out of my pocket once and he tries to untie my shoes all the time!
- Horses love treats! Our boy really loves carrots and he wolfs them right down.
- Horses are vegans – just like me.
- There is absolutely nothing better in the world than playing beauty shop with a horse. There is something wonderfully soothing about brushing a horse, cleaning his feet, and making him pretty.
I’ve also learned quite a lot about the fun of spoiling a horse. As you can see above, we like to leave him in a “sheet” when it’s not too hot. It keeps his coat nice and soft. Horses also like to lay down and nap sometimes, and they love love love to roll on the ground.
I have also learned a bit about the horse “world.” I am fascinated by horse “shows” and I can’t wait to learn how to “show” with my own horse someday. I have also learned that most horse people are absolutely wonderful, caring, and friendly people. I love talking to people at the various barns we have visited. Unfortunately, many people view horses as working animals – and not big companion animals like I do. So, I’m not fond of rodeos – particularly because of the way that people treat the cows. (Cows are like horses and should be treated with equal respect.)
The best days are the days with a horse in it. I am very blessed that God designed me to love animals. We can learn so much from them, if we only pay attention.
Proverbs 27:23 (NRSV): Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds;
Serve all with love.