Miracles and magic abound every day.
Sometimes, often times, in your own field.
The most solid and skilled vet performed a pretty intense tumor removal surgery on my beloved friend, Calypso. Got the cancer and good, clean margins.
We were able to anesthetize him here at home and lay him down in the grass. This is a miracle to be able to do the surgery here. Calypso's herd (horse and human) stayed with him the entire time, holding space.
One of my most recent assignments as part of my apprenticeship was to spend time observing the physical features of the herd of horses at my home, as well as the horses at Spirit Horse Ranch, and to document my findings in a little report. Finally, the gale force winds have subsided and I spent time observing these beauties at the ranch - Hope and Naiobi.
What I believe this exercise is pointing to is a way of seeing "what Is", without overlaying (as much as I can) any of my own pre-determined/pre-conceived ideas and thoughts about the Being I am "seeing". The opportunity is to just see what Is, as it is. Soft black fur, big broad shoulders, round healthy belly's, flowing manes and tails, and so on. More to come. Meanwhile, spending hours hanging out with horses in the field, YES PLEASE! Just hold the wind. <3
Every week I head to Spirit Horse Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado to sit and study with my Teacher, Jill. Something I've been doing in some form or another for over 13-years. My current weekly visits are an opportunity for deep exploration, self reflection and awakening. It's also where I spend time clarifying my dreams and visions for my business - and life! Let's say, continuing education AND business development, all wrapped up in one! Anyway, this week when I arrived my Teacher's beautiful herd of horses were walking in from the pasture.
On the left is Naiobi (gray). She is a magical mustang whom I had the honor of picking up in Nebraska at a BLM holding facility and bringing to her new home a few years ago. Next over is Grace, a wise old girl who spent many years of her life as a race horse and brood mare. She came to live her joyful and free years at Spirit Horse Ranch many moons ago. That cute and robust buckskin in front is Legolas. Lego was born on the ranch in 2006 and has had the good fortune of growing up with the amazing Spirit Horse herd and has been guided into his life by a strong Mama who is no longer with us and his pal, Cody (not pictured). On the far right is Hope. To me, Hope is a Being from the deep moonscape and an embodiment of the gorgeous and soulful feminine. I'm not too sure of her story, I vaguely remember hearing something about her being tied to a kids play set, freaking out and all hell breaking loose. Don't quote me on that. But as long as I've known this herd of horses, I've known Hope. She has taught me much about the way of the feminine and I'm deeply grateful for her presence. Remmy, who recently came to live with me, is also from this herd, as is Calypso - the blue eyed fella featured on my homepage.
Years ago a little 10-year old girl came to visit me and my then herd of horses. The first thing she said when she arrived was, "horses, horses, horses"! That pretty much sums it up for me too!
This is Calypso.
Goddess, I LOVE him!
And today, I just happened to catch him yawning! I was in the right place, at the right time. Look at those TEETH!
Remmy, one of the Fairplay horses (2014), has lived the last 3 1/2 years at the amazing Spirit Horse Ranch in Westcliffe. Recently, Remmy came home to live with "my" herd of horses -- and to be reunited with his pal, Buck. Back in the day, Buck and Remmy definitely had a "bromance" going on.
At the moment, there are some different romance's blossoming . . .
Jade + Remmy.
Remmy + Calypso.
The Fairplay horses, of which Remmy and Buck were a part of, have quite the story. It is a story of perseverance, inspiration and most importantly, love.
In 2014, twenty-nine starving and neglected horses were seized by state authorities from a ranch in Fairplay, Colorado. They were brought to the local sale barn where they were to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Within one week an entire community came together, led by a gaggle of amazing women of which I was a part of, to raise the money and the means to find homes for each one of these horses.
You can read more about that amazing story here.
Six of those horses came to live within my community, including Buck and Remmy. My life has never the same.
Remmy has ringbone in his front right foot from what looks to be an old run-in with a barbed-wire fence. Both front legs and right hoof bear the scars of an old, severe injury. But he has the most incredible and soft heart matched by a deep soul.
I'm in love already.