The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.
– Sharon Ralls Lemon
I love this quote, almost as much as I love watching mustangs (the two featured horses in this post are mustangs,) out on the range. I love just sitting still watching them being horses for hours. Luckily here in Nevada there’s still many places where you can do that. While being around horses we are forced to be present.
To me, mustangs will always be special. Their beauty, spirit, and wisdom inherited for generations, is unmatched. I love sharing their beauty with you, and my prayer is that it does to your soul, what it does for me.
With flowing tail and flying mane,
Wide nostrils never stretched by pain,
Mouth bloodless to bit or rein,
And feet that iron never shod,
And flanks unscar’d by spur or rod,
A thousand horses – the wild – the free –
Like waves that follow o’er the sea,
Came thickly thundering on.
– Lord Byron
The first time I was close enough to look a wild horse in the eye (from a distance of course,) I started to cry, and then this huge peace settled in, and stayed with me for a long time. I make it a priority to dedicate several weekends a year, to visit places where I know that the likelihood of seeing wild horses is good. Watching them play, or simply nibble on the sage brush, is an emotional experience unlike anything else. This is one of my favorite zen strategies, without a doubt, along with grooming a horse, spending time in the mountains, photography, and taking care of a garden. Any time spent in nature helps me stay grounded. What about you? What helps you keep everyday stress from taking over your life? Share your favorite tips in a comment!
Have a fabulous day!
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