2009 was a tough year; full of struggles, change, and pain. And much to remember. But 2010 began with an awesome reminder of what our task on this planet is all about. Kathleen and I were greeted on this first day of the New Year with the following post on a natural horsemanship forum sent to us by a dear friend who frequents that particular forum:
“I just read a book I would not normally have picked up. It was at the library and I read the flap and thought yeah, yeah, another romanticizing horsemanship story. Anyway he mentions a trainer I have a problem with so I put it back on the shelf. But something kept making me look at it again. So last night in an effort to try to stay up for New Year’s Eve I thought I’d go ahead and try to read it.
It was The Soul of a Horse by Joe Camp. If you have read it you will know why it affected me so much.
I wanted to post this at 2:00AM, (when I had finished the entire book by the way – I read it straight through ), I thought you all would think I had gone nuts. Yeah, it was one of “those books” for me.
I laughed, I cried, I felt Joe’s embarrassment, his frustration, his victories no matter how small, his overwhelming accomplishment. I felt the horses mind working, and watched the evolution of their species through their eyes.
I felt his wife’s fear, both real and imagined and watched her journey overcoming it by learning from the horse. I saw her watch her husband’s obsession as my husband watches mine and can only shake his head.
This book validated so many things I know but could not bring to the surface. I just needed to remember.
OK, I’ll stop but I hope everyone gets a chance to read this book. It’s one of those books you buy and reread again and again because it is like an old friend on the shelf just waiting for you.” Traci – NH Forum Post
Thanks so much Traci. You don’t know how much your words mean to us.
Kathleen and I hope each of you have a fantastic year full of love and blessings. We count ours every day.