Saturday, January 8, 2011
Two Week Baby Steps Report
Here is my answer to that question. I do not know what Angel's future holds. I do not know how she will respond tomorrow. But here is what I do know today:
1. Angel came along at a time when I had an empty paddock and a broken heart. Working with her makes me realize what a wonderful relationship Nick and I had together. But that relationship was the result of a lot of time and a lot of hard work (and a lot of tears of frustration!). Angel came along when an opening existed in my life.
2. I have limited resources and cannot do much about the suffering of so many, caused by the current economic climate. But this is one horse, found in my neighborhood, that I have the resources to help. I can afford to buy hay and I have time to play with her. I want to do my part to alleviate suffering in the world, however small my part may be.
3. If the situation were reversed, and I was an abandoned horse found walking down a road by a stranger, I would hope that someone would give me a chance to show what I still had to contribute to the world.
4. So far, Angel is doing her part to give herself a good future. I want to respect and honor her efforts. She has been behaving very well (except for her encounters with the vet staff, and she has promised to work on that!). She seems to be very people-oriented and willing to trust humans again. If I had been under-fed, mistreated and abandoned, I am not sure I would be willing to give humans another chance. But so far, she is.
5. The truth is, I like a challenge. I have always liked working with challenging clients and I have the patience to try to put the pieces together and figure out how to reach a challenging human or a challenging horse. And I love to see hidden potential unfold in humans and horses!
Lendon Gray (Olympic and World Championship dressage rider) said, "It is the difficult horses that have the most to give you." Nick taught me the truth of that saying. I think he would tell me to give Angel a chance and see what she can do, just like I gave him a chance many years ago. I will continue to work with her as long as she does her part. And she asked me to let you know that, yes, now she does like carrots!