4 - October, 2006
finds us once again looking for the perfect "Executive assistant
to the Horses." Helen, who came to us last February, we wanted
to keep forever, but she was offered a great teaching job (which is
her profession) and she tearfully had to accept. We, the horses who
absolutely loved her, and I, are looking for a perfect replacement.
Helen was happy, kind, willing, and multi-talented. She put on her barn
hat and shoveled stalls, then scrubbed up and helped me with all of
my computer work, including the newsletter. Had she been a Parelli instructor
or natural horsewoman/trainer, she would have been impossible to replace.
We none the less spent many happy hours with the babies and riding in
the hills, and sharing the occasional glass of wine while absorbing
he view. This summer, Magic (age 3) and Picasso (age 2 ½) had
their first riding lessons. It's interesting when you start imprinted
babies as they are not at all concerned with saddles or someone on their
back. I just use a halter and have someone lead me around the ring until
they get the idea, as the biggest problem is getting them to understand
that they need to move forward. Both babies are now happily exploring
the property under saddle following along after their moms on trail
rides, both acting like they've done it for years.
This time of year always fills me with wistful remembrance of the spring
and summer, and great appreciation of the 2 remaining shoulder months
before possible winter. It's not that I don't enjoy the snow and the
pastel beauty of the land, it's just that as far as I am concerned 2
months would be plenty. Spring brings new life, new foals, to Gateway
and I can hardly wait. 2007 will see Epona (bred to Sandstorm (a pinto
and Monet's sire) and Magic (bred to Pacific Star (her sister Serene
and Miro's sire) as first time mothers. It will also see the launch
of book 1, "One With The Herd" in February, and book 2 "The
Truth According To Horses" in August. We made a last minute decision
to print in China as the cost was considerably less but the time of
course is much longer, so we will have a link on the website to order
I am very excited about
the messages in these books, as I know this is the time in our history
for animals to be recognized and heard. We have a lot to learn from
them as well as the discovery of a new and meaningful relationship that
will open new frontiers in our personal and planetary growth.
From Book One:
"We humans all are rooted in the history of our past. We have lived
closely connected to the earth and its creatures. We know a simple truth
that is somehow reawakened in nature. There is a distant memory that
dances in our souls, in unison with the spirit of the earth. That spirit
flows freely, through the hearts of those who leave the confines of
their individual identity, for the greater truth of their soul. That
soul is one in the community of all life, and knows that oneness in
its fondest dreams.
Horses have an ability to break through the barriers that keep us separate.
They push our parameters and stoke the fires of our fears, until they
blaze fiercely, and exhaust their fuel, leaving behind the ashes of
Therein the after glow is quiet reflection and inspiration. Like a phoenix
rising, we draw power from the flames, and drifting skyward breathe
in the atmosphere of lightness and love. Beyond our earthy confines,
we remember who we are; we are all one and the same."
From The Horses: (Limited Edition,
(L.E.) speaking for the herd)
a time of great change. Animals are stepping to the forefront of interdimensional
communication. Everyone alive today was born to an era when humans followed
one path and animals another. It is time for us to reconnect with the
Earth and each other. There are many secrets that you have overlooked
in your hurry to succeed, -to accumulate material wealth. It is spiritual
wealth that is the uncorruptable possession. We have many gifts to share
with you, and we encourage you to hear our voice. All that is necessary
is to spend time in our company without agenda. Observe our behaviour
in pasture with our fellow horses, walk with us, interact without restraint,
listening and talking, grooming and playing. There is far more to learn
at play than at work. We are waiting to meet with you at that place
where we are equals, and encourage your friendship."
This month's question to the horses is a rather earthy one from previous
barn help Suzanna:
"Horses why do you pee in
the barn where you sleep?"
The Herd's Reply:
"People, - why do you shovel our pee?
We pee because you shovel. Is that not the way things are? -Cause and
effect, effect and cause. I suppose in the beginning, it was because
you wanted to confine us. When we are free, we do not pee on our food.
We eat, we pee, and then we move on. It is you who have created this
dilemma. You confine us to our beds, our food, and you make compartments,
-compartments that are too small. In the wild we simply move on to greener
pastures. If you want to keep us, you must do just that."
It makes you wonder who is keeping
Since my initial scribbling of this letter new barn help has been found,
Nicole and Lindsay. I interviewed them separately, and when they met
both girls decided to share the cottage and the job. In their late teens,
Nicole is headed towards Equine Massage Therapy, and Lindsay is at college
and working on her Level 3 Parelli. Both are natural horsewomen and
have computer skills as well. Nicole is now my new secretary and scribe
for the newsletter. The lesson is to be open to change and expect miracles.
It is our expectations that manifest in matter.
Until December have a great fall,
Blessings from All,
- Liz and The Herd
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