Stan, you totally got my point! Who trains whom, exactly? I think most of us would admit that we've been conditioned into behaving a certain way with our horses, at least on occasion, and didn't realize that we were being 'trained'! 10 years ago when we bought our property and worked with a financial advisor to sort out our investments, he asked us whether the property would ever produce any revenue! We howled with laughter....as much as was polite... because there is no way that 20 acres stocked with barren sheep and geldings and retired mare will ever produce revenue. Joy, maybe...but not revenue. So, Stan, there you have it - joy. Bugs handing you the bucket makes you smile every time, and we smile hearing about it. One can't laugh at a boat's behavior, can't cause the boat to adapt its will to our will in a partnership, we can't have the same emotional attachment to a boat that we can to something that is flesh and blood and trusts us to do our best.
GlassPlatypus, your sister and BIL are mean to you. There are thousands of women who buy dolls and collect them, and that's perfectly respectable. They would give their right arms if they could actually CREATE those dolls. What a gift! You should take up your hobby and recognize it as a gift that allows you to see something in your heart and create it with your hands. Art is for the enjoyment of the artist as well as those to whom that art is appreciated. So, your sis and BIL aren't in your artsy fan club. Bleh. You should post some pics of your art here on HF - we would enjoy seeing them and there are multiple threads on here about horsey artists. That is proof that LOTS of people are into horse-themed art. By the way, a lot of professional artists have said that capturing the essence of a horse's body and spirit is very, very hard. They're hard to paint, hard to sculpt well. So, if you're good at it you should flaunt it!
CW, hope Marc is all better now! Keep us posted. You two have had a tough winter!
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