Chris Lombard, world renowned natural trainer, clinician, and author of Land of the Horses, remembers Cash:
I remember reading your newsletter while standing in the middle of the Equine Affaire in Massachusetts one cold Saturday in November. As I finished it I just stood there. Hundreds of people were walking around me, looking at the trade show exhibits, talking about horses and horse stuff. I was floored. I couldn’t move. I was stunned. I felt it all. And here this was, all this horse show stuff going on around me. All this stuff that is trying to help people get to what you felt with Cash.
As I often do, I need to kind of go away and be on my own to process something like this for myself before getting back to it in the real world. I went for a walk in the rain soaked woods the next morning with my dog Matea. There was snow on the ground, a half inch or so, and it was raining and cold. I thought about you and Cash. And I came to this.
A million horses would have switched places with Cash if they could, if it just meant they too could have had the life Cash did for the past ten years.
You once wrote that you believe it is the reason of life – for humans and animals to experience and feel camaraderie, joy, laughter, happiness, connection and… love. And to feel all of this we must have relationships. And to feel all of this, each one of these emotions must have its opposite. And so life becomes a navigation through these emotions, and as we get more connected, we tend to have more of a positive balance to it all.
Yes, it had a randomness to it. But then so did maybe how you and Cash met. But from the moment you guys met, from the moment you felt each other, you were doing it right for each other. And you got to feel the friendship and joy and happiness and love.
All I know is we don’t have control over any of it, life. We don’t even have control over our emotions. But we have control over our thoughts and actions and how we treat those around us, how we treat the ones we love. And in that, you and Cash conquered all and climbed the tallest mountain and experienced what dreams are made of, right here in this world. One day of that is a life in itself. You did it Joe, and I am sure that right now Cash is somewhere galloping in open fields saying he did it, he lived a great life, he got to feel the greatest feelings an animal could feel.
And he wouldn’t change a thing.
I am very sorry, my friend. As a person who feels what you feel for life and people and animals, I know how you feel. I am with you. This is as deep as it gets. And this is only because you and Cash felt for each other as deep as it gets. There is sadness, and that is needed, and it will be for a while. But then at some point there is also a celebration of everything Cash meant to the world. Cash changed lives. Thousands and thousands of them. And he lives forever as a celebration of a great life well-lived. – Chris
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