Friday, January 20, 2012
I find myself in the middle of a big and important horse show and am noticing how much people take for granted. I must include myself as I never stop often enough in the day to give heartfelt thanks for what I have and am able to do. The blue skies above and white sands beneath our feet make most of us riders aware of the suns glare and the heat reflected off the sand, especially when wearing a wool coat to show. And yet, when I called home to Michigan tonite it was single digit temperatures this morning and snowing when I called. Where would you rather be? My horse and I had a short but intense workout and I petted him and put him away, mindful that the horses ideal reward is for the rider to dismount. How amazing is it that such a beautiful and sensitive creature is willing to tote the likes of me around. I saw many people angry with their mounts and themselves, but I wonder if the anger is not misplaced. These horses tolerate a great deal with minimal complaint and generally try very hard to please us. I doubt that horses adore baths and pedicures and fancy hairdos, or any other things we routinely do pre show to our competitive mounts. My horse would rather roll in the sand ring that perform, truth be told. I really owe him/her a tremendous thank you and extra good care for putting up with this business of showing. Put yourself in anothers shoes and be thankful and appreciative of what you have.