Sunday, October 12, 2008
Won't Go, No Way, Not Done, Gonna STAY!!!!!!
There are times my red horse just cracks me up. And makes me wonder about things. Like tonight, time to go back out to the general pasture but Red just stopped and refused to go one inch further. Now I could have gotten big and asked again and then INSISTED that he move in the direction I chose. But I didn't. Instead I remembered something Linda Wahland of Creature Speak said in our animal communication session. She noted that Red is very communicative and frequently tries to tell me what he needs or wants. Communicative huh? There can be little doubt what this face is communicating.
There are many little rituals that we have come to share and enjoy. One is Red picks up his feet for me to work on and Red gets a crunchy piece of carrot. If I am slow, he will swing his head around and look at me expectantly. Tonight, looking at my horse striking a "ain't gonna go" pose, I thought of how Red loves to end his evenings. We stop by the tack room and he snuffs around inside, finds the bag of LMF Senior by the door, and plunges his head into its depths. There he stays, unable to see a thing around him, while he takes the tolerated two giant bites. Tonight Red didn't get his "stolen" bites of LMF.
Back to the barn I trudge, I'm still feeling a bit under the weather. Red follows with a very self-satisfied horsey smile on his face. I tie him, unload the new bag of LMF, open it, and let Red stroll to the tackroom door. With great seriousness he snuffs around, sticks his head in the bag, and takes his bites. Ritual complete he comes to stand beside me looking content, looking sure of himself and something more . . . looking very sure of who we are together. Together we slowly mosey our way to the general pasture gate and say our goodbyes for the night.
Walking back to my car I questioned my "giving in" to Red. It was a long, hard won process to establish myself as leader in our relationship. Lately I notice a different feel to things. Red is becoming so visible to me, I am learning to see deeper, listen differently. Our relationship is shifting into a partnership.