– it is a living tissue.
I am touched by these photos.
Why this horse stood on my way? What can I learn about me? – I was wondering exactly a year ago, when with a friend of mine we let my mare loose in the indoor riding arena. She was a little bit excited, a little bit interested in everything and nothing at the same time. I remember that it hit me that she looked like a Zombie.
She was not present. Even though her body was with us, and her mind was every once in a while with us. She was not fully there.
Her soul was somewhere else. In the place, we had no access to.
I could not sleep that night.
I decided to change just about everything in training. EVERYTHING.
And most of all – to change myself.
Everyone has such a horse; a horse that can be called The Horse of the Life, but not for the medals won together, not for the number of successes achieved thanks to this horse, not for the first piaffer or passage… But because this horse has changed us most.
The horse of my life is my mare Wiwien.
Watching her through this year, building up my awareness of her body language, noticing the smallest signals – have told me so much about her, and about me.
In response to little calming signals, such as the reversal of the horse’s eyes, head turns away from me, little dodge – I gave up. I stood. She stood still. Stunned, shocked. The training stood in place as well. Literally for few months we have not done anything, and then we moved like an avalanche …
But I do not want to write about the exercises that we have managed to get at liberty, or about the trust that we have built.
I want to share with you the experience of love, that horses taught me.
Love is not an abstract concept, it is a living tissue. The tissue the world is really built of. And, certainly, a tissue of which is built the horse.
It was not a simple process, if not for the number of people that we met through this year … seeds of inspiration here and there … if not for my dear husband I’d have probably run out of power and courage before reaching this point.
I’m so thankful that we all met, and we meet each day.
I’m so thankful we can learn from each other, from our horses.