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Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it.
From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. If you stop your car, or are walking by, you’ll notice something quite unique….
Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.
This alone is amazing.
If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.
Attached to the horse’s halter is a small bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.
As you stand and watch these two friends, you’ll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting that he will not be led astray.
When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks back, making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.
Sometimes we are the blind horse guided by the little ringing bell of those who are placed in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way…. Good friends are like that… You may not always see them, but you know they are always there. Hope you’ll listen for my bell and I’ll listen for yours. And remember…
Be kinder than necessary – - – Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Happy Trails!
Feeling down? Saddle up.
We found some really fun horse crafts, horse videos and cool horse contests to help keep you (and the kids) busy during the holiday season. There are some cool ideas for handmade horse gifts, too!
Don’t forget…River Valley Horse Ranch is OPEN on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm through the winter months.
To ride a horse is to ride the sky.
Horses, humans and all other mammals share a common ancestor—one with five toes.
So how did horses end up with single-toed hooves?
The Horse ran in 2008/2009 and was organized by the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City.
It’s really worth taking a look around on this amazing website! Enjoy!!!
When I am an old Horsewoman
I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,
and a straw hat that doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my social security on red wine and carrots,
And sit in my alley-way of my barn
And listen to my horses breathe.
I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night
And ride the old bay gelding,
Across the moonstruck meadow
If my old bones will allow.
And when people come to call, I will smile and nod
As I walk past the gardens to the barn and show instead the flowers
growing inside stalls fresh-lined with straw.
I will shovel and sweat and wear hay in my hair as if it were a jewel.
And I will be an embarrassment to all,
Who will not yet have found the peace in being free to have a horse as a
A friend who waits at midnight hour
With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes
For the kind of woman I will be
When I am old.
- Author Unknown
Being around horses every waking moment can make you forget how amazingly unique these animals truly are.
If you’ve really paid attention to horses, you’ll notice that they each have a very unique personality and language all their own. We often laugh when people say you must really love your horses because they don’t talk back to you. Funny…but not true.
If you don’t believe me check out a couple of really cool horse videos that prove the point…