This section is for thoughts, photos, poetry, and more - my vision for this section will be ever changing as it evolves over time, so check back often, you never know what you might find!

I love the following poem, as there are those among us who are truly horse women so I hope the following poem describes us the best as we get older:


When We Are Old

When we are old, we shall wear diamonds and wide brimmed straw hats with silver and leather trim on them.

And we shall spend our social security on white wine and carrots
And sit in the alley of our barns
And listen to our horses breathe.

We will sneak out
In the middle of a summer's night
And ride the chestnut colt
Across the moonstruck meadow
If our old bones will allow.

And when people come to call
we will smile and nod
As we walk them past the gardens to the barn
And show, instead, the beauty growing here
In stalls fresh-lined with straw.

We will learn to shovel and sweat and
Wear hay in our hair as if it were a jewel.

And we will be an embarrassment to all
Who look down on us
Who have not found the peace of being free
To love a horse as a friend
A friend who waits at midnight hour
With muzzle, soft nicker and patient eyes
For the kind of woman we will be
When we are old.

-Author Unknown-






Prayer written by Hope Herrington Kolb:

My people are so precious, Lord;
I know You think so, too...
And I believe You put me here
To love them just for You!

They take such gentle care of me
And have such tender hearts...
Please use me, Lord, to comfort them
Whenever teardrops start.

They face a lot of battles
As they live & work each day...
They need me, Lord,
To make them smile
And show them how to play!

The world is full of people,
But sometimes real friends are few...
Please let my love & loyalty
Remind them, Lord, of you.

And when my final moment comes,
Lord, tell them as we part...
I was a made-to-order gift
From Your great, loving heart!


Just a Horse!

From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a horse," or, "that's a lot of money for just a horse".

They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a horse." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a horse."

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a horse," but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a horse" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a horse," then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."

"Just a horse" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.

"Just a horse" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of "just a horse" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a horse" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a horse" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a woman/man."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a horse" just smile, because they "just" don't understand.



In loving memory of Iggy! The Sweetest Kitty

who passed away November 2008 & so missed

Take Time to Heal Now

Dying is the easier role
Returning Home to God, the angels
The spirit world of peace and love.
Our animal loved ones are there now
safe, whole, loved and ever loving.

It is in staying behind
on earth
feeling alone
without the animals we love so dearly
that is the harder role.

The anguish of it comes unbidden,
when least expected,
seemingly unending, inescapable,
dark hours of pain.

Yet relief from pain
and healing and growth are possible too
Nourishment and support
are all around
in people, the animals, the sun, the rivers
in forests, in flowers, in books, in tapes,
in pictures, in song, from angels, from God
and the strength and wisdom
of our own souls.
We must only open our hearts
to the love waiting to help us heal.


Pouring our love and care and nurturing
onto our animals
must shift now,
to loving and caring and nurturing ourselves.
It is time for us now.

As one who has loved so completely
so fully
You are just as important as the one who has died.
You do not dishonor your loved one
or their memory
by taking care of yourself.
Take time to heal now.
Make choices to grow now.
Love yourself as you love your animal.
Love yourself as your animal loves you.



- ~ Teresa Wagner ~-

Contact Teresa for any of your pets, horses, cats, dogs who have crossed over at http://www.animalsinourhearts.com


Don't cry for the horses, that life has set free
A million white horses forever to be.

Don't cry for the horses, now in God's hands
As they dance and they prance to a heavenly band

They were ours as a gift, but never to keep
As they close their eyes, forever to sleep.

Their spirits unbound, on silver wings they fly
A million white horses, against the blue sky

Look up into heaven, you'll see them above
The horses we lost, the horses we loved.

Manes and tails flowing, they gallop through time,
They were never yours, they were never mine

Don't cry for the horses, they will be back someday
When our time has come, they will show us the way.

On Silver Wings they will lift us, to the warmth of the sun,
When our life is over and eternity hs begun.

We will jump the sun and dance over the moon,
A ballet of horses and riders on the winds to a heavenly tune.

Do you hear that soft nicker, close to your ear?
Don't cry for the horses, love the ones that are here.

Don't cry for the horses, lift up your sad eyes,
Can't you see the them fly by?

A million white horses, free from hunger and pain,
Their spirits set free, until we ride again.

-Author Brenda Riley- Seymore, Sun VAlley , CA-


Somewhere.... in time's own space
there must be some sweet, pastured place.......
where creeks sing on, and tall trees grow
some paradise where horse's go.
For by the love that guides my pen,
I know great horses live again.

-Author Stanley Harrison-

We think we get to choose how long we keep them, but the reality is&we only get to choose how we treat them while they are here in our care.

SWEET N SPIRATION
(Lenita Brahim x Bravado Bey V)
Born: 03-13-03 / Laid to rest 10-03-03
To this day sadly missed &..
thought of often....

-Poetry In Motion Arabians,
Fresno, CA
-


Things you learn from living with a horse

1. People who don't take care of their own horses will be the first ones to tell you how to care for yours.
2. You should never buy a cheap girth!
3. A handsome horse who's badly behaved will become a lot less attractive in about 15 min.
4. People who think they have nothing more to learn about riding, hit the ground the hardest.
5. Children and ponies are natural allies and often have identical dispositions.
6. The richest horse people often look the poorest.
7. The closeness of a horse is one of the sweetest smells in the world.
8. A solitary ride through the bush is more beneficial than six months with the best psychiatrist.
9. The worse a person rides, the more likely they are going to blame it on the horse.
10. The best thing about going to the barn first thing in the morning is that horses don't care how you look.
11. If a dealer insists a horse is worth twice what he's asking, he's usually worth half that much.
12. The best way to appreciate how another person rides is to get on their horse.
13. I can recognize another horse person no matter what town, city, state, county or country I visit.
14. You can never have too many hoof picks.
15. It is not wise to argue with something that outweighs you buy 1,000 pounds
16. I'd rather have a horse with a perfect mind than a perfect head.
17. Eight hours is too long to be in the saddle!
18. If you think you have left the water on in the barn - you have, if you think you have closed the pasture gate - you haven't.
19. When someone asks you if you like their horse always say yes
20. The happiest people I know own horses, dogs, cats and at least one deranged goat.
21. If you're looking for the perfect horse you will never own one.
22. Owning a horse can either make a marriage or break it.
23. I'd rather lose my lipstick than my curb chain.
24. You shouldn't talk about your first place ribbon to someone that came in second.
25. If someone says that horse has a little buck, it has a BIG buck.
26. If we need rain, schedule a show.
27. I've never warmed up to someone that didn't want to walk down to the stables.
28. A clean stable and a sparkling horse are among life's great pleasures.
29. Even given away horses can be too expensive. Especially give away horses.
30. No matter how badly behaved you are, your horse always gives you a second chance.
31. A more expensive horse doesn't make a better one.
32. I can't stand to have an empty stable.
33. Losing a horse can break your heart, but it will have been worth it.

'If you can't imagine life without a horse... DON'T!'


Hot Chocolate

A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired. During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work and lives.

Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups -porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the hot chocolate.

When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said: 'Notice that all the nice looking expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. The cup that you're drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the cup; but you consciously went for the best cups... and then you began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money, and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of the life you have.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us. God makes the hot chocolate, man chooses the cups. The happiest people do not have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. And enjoy your hot chocolate..


Instructions for Life... from the Dalai Lama

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievement involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R's
    Respect for self - Respect of others - Responsibility for all you actions
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone everyday.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.