Sunday, February 14, 2010

Day 44 and 900 lbs - 100 to Go

Autumn has been exercising for a week now to start rebuilding muscles lost when she was starving. She has gained 60 lbs. What a huge difference. Her sweetness, calmness, and quiet attentiveness remain the same.

Today I lunged her under a saddle. She was "been there, done that" about the whole thing. Still skinny, no longer starving. She is becoming lovelier every day.

I wonder about the hundreds or thousands of other Autumns needing someone to lend a caring hand. Sweet horses that still have such vivid selves to share.

Moose is doing well. He is very ridable and he is gaited. My friend and co-rescuer is keeping him.

A Valentine's Day Blessing to All of You

I once felt sad on Valentine's Day. As a newly single woman I was only focused on the kind of love I thought I had lost. Many years later, I'm still single and very grateful for the many rich heart connections in my life - far richer that that long ago lost love. Today may you all be blessed by many rich, loving connections with all beings. Thank you for sharing your love stories through your blogs. I speak of the everyday loves stories that tell of great commitment, caring, and delight in those who are fortunate to be part of your lives.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Princess Autumn

Wanted to take many photos of this engaging little horse so I could show her amazing progress. I'm still in the adjustment phase of having three horses and photo taking has sort of gone the way of blog writing, not so much these days. This one shot says it all for me - Autumn was once a princess and she has reclaimed her throne. I have become her personal minion. Can you read her expression? "Step lively there minion, fetch me my next course, how about some of that lovely beet pulp."

Three weeks have passed since we brought Autumn in. She has moved from being a horse in crisis to a much-less-but-still skinny horse who is full of life and energy. Well behaved and polite, she has clear preferences like "You can just take away this nasty grass hay and please return with my yumsy alfalfa." She has become my horse officially, our local rescue is full with only six horses. My little herd has become three. For now.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Skywatch Friday-Season 4 Episode 30

A Winter Storm Breaks to Reveal the Shimmering Sky

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Monday, February 1, 2010

First Flowers in the General Pasture

On the last day of January, look what I found. Spring is still a faraway dream. Autumn is gaining weight. Three horses are considerably more work than two, as many of you know so well. I'm still seeking my rythym. For now Autumn will be staying with me. Our local rescue is "dormant" with six horses they are struggling to feed. We need a functioning rescue here on the coast.

Mud seems to be everywhere in my life. Shoes, bed, floors, stall, pen, truck. The blue skies in these photos were a brief and welcome respite from the rain that has returned this morning.