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post #361 of 371 Old 12-02-2012, 07:46 PM
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Best wishes to you Barry! I've barely dabbled in riding. It must be very tough. Is there anyone around who might loan you a ride? In Arizona, there are a lot of horses who just need someone to spend some saddle time with them. Is that unknown in England? Might a partial lease work? It almost seems as if I can hear that saddle calling you..."Barry! I"m over here...."
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post #362 of 371 Old 09-22-2013, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Well what a surprise!

I had heard that my neighbour who runs a livery yard had found and bought a new 8 yo grey Irish Draught/Connemara mare. I'd seen the animal from a distance and yesterday I weakened in my resolve not to get involved again with horses which I could not ride.

When I got to see Silver in her stable I could not believe my eyes- it was as though I was looking at DiDi . She had come back to haunt me.

I spent an hour with her. I groomed her thoroughly and then led her in hand in the arena. She behaved immaculately and never put a foot wrong. Her temperament is gentle - she is bomb proof, so her owner says.

Needless to say I fell for her - despite the fact that she is owned by a lady who does not necessarily believe in the principles of Natural Horsemanship. If I get too attached then there might be some problems. So my plan is to take things step by step. One thing is for sure, after a longish period of mourning I am in no condition to ride a sprightly horse.

Let's see what happens. This mare definitely 'found' me, that's for sure.

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post #363 of 371 Old 09-22-2013, 04:05 PM
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Good luck! Good to 'hear' from you again. And there IS more to horses than just riding, although I rarely admit it in public...

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post #364 of 371 Old 09-22-2013, 04:20 PM
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I was thinking about you the other day, Barry, wondering how you were getting on. I think it could only be a good thing if you got involved with horses again. You have such a wonderful empathy and understanding for them.
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post #365 of 371 Old 09-22-2013, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Folks

It seems to be an age since I last wrote for HF and in the interim a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. The end of DiDi gave cause for a lot of grief in me and only some rather powerful sleeping pills eventually brought me round.
The impact of the death of a well loved horse invokes a powerful emotion in either a man and a woman. In me it led to insomnia.

The mare Silver might be a new chapter in my life with horses but I should have to remember that she is not mine to worry and fuss over. On the other hand her owner is in her late 60s so maybe there is a role for me to play.

Many thanks for your warm welcome back into the HF community. I've missed your company.

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post #366 of 371 Old 09-22-2013, 09:23 PM
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It seems to be an age since I last wrote for HF and in the interim a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. The end of DiDi gave cause for a lot of grief in me and only some rather powerful sleeping pills eventually brought me round.
The impact of the death of a well loved horse invokes a powerful emotion in either a man and a woman. In me it led to insomnia.

The mare Silver might be a new chapter in my life with horses but I should have to remember that she is not mine to worry and fuss over. On the other hand her owner is in her late 60s so maybe there is a role for me to play.

Many thanks for your warm welcome back into the HF community. I've missed your company.

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YAY, you're back!!!

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post #367 of 371 Old 09-22-2013, 09:46 PM
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I am very glad that Silver has found and befriended you. Welcome back!

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post #368 of 371 Old 09-23-2013, 05:02 AM Thread Starter
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Folks

It is my intention to try to write a post which describes how in my opinion and from my point of view horses manage to worm their way into our psyche. The subconscious part of our brain,namely the sector which keeps us up in the saddle and which also controls part of the way in which we respond to grief. In some of us, as in my case, it can trigger the depression which may have otherwise laid dormant in our brain for years.
I am not a psychologist I am merely an individual who over a lifetime has developed a passion for horses. I ride not for aggrandisement in competition - rather because I enjoy the companionship of the horse between my thighs. Of course not all horses exhibit a willingness to join up with the man or woman who is the rider. A bond with such examples is much much harder to develop but some other horses offer early in the relationship their company. That bond enables the rider/owner to better communicate with the chosen horse through the only method available - non verbal communication. There are numerous examples of where the rider must think and decide for the horse and without the bond between equine and human it can be very difficult to come to the correct conclusions.

It will take me a few weeks to put the article together but watch out for it.

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post #369 of 371 Old 09-24-2013, 04:33 PM
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I'm so glad you're back!
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Many thanks for your warm welcome back into the HF community. I've missed your company.

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Somehow I never subscribed to this thread but did read it and your others, so am subbing now. Hope I don't miss seeing your forthcoming one.
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