The last twelve years have been an epic time of continuous, uncontrollable life change for me. An initiation period of stirring a sleeping wish awake. My path led me to rescue six neglected horses with no prior equine care experience. The horses and I are stepping into a dream I’ve had for 50 years.
I will never forget the intense moment when, soon after my mare Artemis moved in, she and I were standing together. The hoof trimmer had come to trim her feet. Being a rescued horse and having withstood untold mistreatment in her time before me, she was in a high state of terror, struggling to contain herself to lift her feet calmly. Standing close, I held the lead rope with her in my gaze, our eyes locked in an eternal moment while the trimmer attended her feet. A wave of emotion moved through me and I knew Artemis was on the edge of her risking trust in me. We stood so close, I could feel the heat coming from her face. She was holding her breath. A tear made its way down her cheek. Being so focused on her, my whole body welled up with feeling her intensity, and tears started falling from my eyes too. I took a deep full breath and released it hoping she would understand “I am here with you, Artemis. I am protecting you.” That was a day I understood there were layers within me that, if I dedicated myself to improving from within, I could become the confident leader that she needed me to be. I also needed to give myself the same patience to develop in my own timing. I made that commitment to her. That moment was the very beginning and inspiration for Peaceful Horse.