The weather has finally changed and we are having "springtime" weather here in Arenal, Costa Rica. Of course, we are thrilled, as this means lots of time with our horses up next to our home where we can bond and play throughout the day! For me, just sitting with them and watching them interact makes a perfect day! I am so grateful for what these beautiful, sentient beings share with me on a daily basis.
Yesterday, I was home doing a bit of work and going in and out to be with the horses. My grandson, Michi, who was spending the day with us, asked if he could give the horses some grass. I told him that I would love for him to help me, so I sat on the porch while he busily pushed the long stems of grass through the fence. The horses were loving it, and he was, too! Next, he wanted to ride Luce, our older mare, who is perfect for Michi. She is a beautiful soul, who until recently had had enough of humans! When we rescued her and her three offspring, they were starving and barely alive. It is no wonder that she did not trust humans. Over the course of the last year, in practicing Carolyn Resnick's method of training (The Waterhole Rituals), she has finally come around and realizes that we might just be alright! I believe that she now knows that she can trust in our leadership and that she no longer needs to fear that we may hurt her, as so many did in the past. So, I began brushing Luce to get her ready as Michi sat on the top rail of the fence talking face to face with Luce. I walked away to get the saddle, and when I returned, Michi said "Nana! I was talking to Luce and I told her that people just don't think!" This was no surprise to me, as Grandpa is always teaching Michi life lessons, and explaining what happens when people don’t think!!" Michi continued to explain with excitement, "When I told her this, she nodded her head up and down two times!! She was telling me that she knows, Nana, wasn't she??" He was so thrilled and excited that he was communicating with Luce and I confirmed his realization and told him that she definitely knows that people don't always think!! I then explained to him that horses are prey animals and their senses are so much stronger than ours. They live in herds and take care of one another and they live in the moment, as they must for their survival. They are intuitive and sensitive and some are great leaders. I explained to him how naturally they mirror us, so if we pay attention we can learn more about ourselves. He said, "we should be more like horses, Nana!" He is correct.
Horses can be our greatest teachers! This was truly a moment of awakening for him and another strong message to me. If we slow down and take the time to share these moments with our children and if we can teach the future generation how to live in nature, respecting all life, and give them the knowledge to know that there is more to life than themselves, they will learn to be more like horse and have confidence, respect, leadership, love, kindness, and compassion. Maybe then, they will have the knowledge to truly be able to help the change the world. If we could be more like horses, the world would be more amazing then we could have ever dreamed!