A young, budding horsewoman introduced me to the concept of The Tribe of Horse. I was offering pony rides with my mighty Mini, Shadow, at the local Farmer’s Market held in our small Sierra Foothill town. She came to ride, telling me that she was from the Tribe of Horse. Of course she was and in that moment I realized I was a member of a tribe.
Who are these people that comprise The Tribe of Horse? Just as in any tribe there is a home for every connection, in this tribe it is connection with Horse. Each of us has our own emotional, physical, mental blueprint. In esoteric philosophy this is known as the etheric or energy body. We each have our own relationship foundation with horse. Where one horseperson may cover 100’s of miles in competitive endurance riding, sharing the challenges of horsemanship, endurance, and environment in extreme trail conditions another horseperson may find complete satisfaction in day to day conversations in the corral, brushing, feeding, caregiving, with never the need to mount the horse. Each is in relationship with the horse, spending time in communion with a being of infinite presence.
It is joy, mystery and awe that lead into the Tribe of Horse. Once there the instruction is rigorous, with mental, emotional and physical challenges, the humps, bumps and falls of life reflected in the microcosm of the horse/human relationship. Our guide is a child of this earth, a cauldron of earth energy, powerful in all its aspects.
To all of you who are of The Tribe of Horse I dedicate this blog. Also to those needing guidance in the understanding of your loved one’s apparently irrational passion.
I am grateful to share the Trail of Life with Horse
The search for the depth of the horse/human relationship through pondering, poetry and study of the multifaceted interactions that bring such wonderful satisfaction to the mind, body and soul. I explore practical and spiritual aspects of this amazing interspecies entanglement.
First blog from Heart of a Horsewoman – an idea that has been percolating for the past 10 years. Who am I? A passionate horse lover of 66 years. I credit year four as the year I was inducted into the Tribe of Horse by a gentle Palm Springs gelding who took the time and interest to introduce himself and the world of horses to me. What do blogs from the Heart of a Horsewoman look like? The search for the depth of the horse/human relationship through pondering, poetry and study of the multifaceted interactions that bring such wonderful satisfaction to the mind, body and soul. I explore practical and spiritual aspects of this amazing interspecies entanglement. It is my point of view that Horse is a bridge between matter and spirit if we are open to that journey.
The picture above is of Megan, a third generation mare raised by me, and Macho, the ranch dog. This was taken about four years ago. I love this image of Meg’s connection. She is one who truly lives in the world of Humans and is eager to participate in the Horse/Human relationship.
This first post is “The Nature of Horse”, something I wrote about about two years ago. It is a good introduction to the point of view of this blog.
The Nature of Horse Nov 2014
The nature of Horse is Spirit. Horse is first the embodiment of spirit in earth energy. Spirit is illuminated in horse by every symmetrical, rhythmic movement…, the side to side swish of tail, the sound of chewing pasture grass, the flash of hooves as they kiss the ground.
The nature of Horse is Heart. The magnetic principal of heart, the synchronization and pull that draws us to Horse mystery. That silent beat that creates a primordial pounding in the Human pulse. Horse heart expands the human heart, frees it to blend with another.
The nature of Horse is relationship. In relationship to each other and to the ecosystem of existence Horse has lived thousands of years in successful interaction with all the nations of environment; animal, mineral and vegetable. Horse brings Human into relationship with the kingdoms of nature.
The nature of Horse is sensual. Horse lives the embodiment of senses, sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, far beyond the human sense realm. Horse offers Human an experience of expanded awareness.