Freedom speaks Saturday-family

Good morning everyone!
The DOR and the Support Crew Chief went to a wedding yesterday. The guests were taken to a meadow in horse drawn wagons. The wedding was wonderful and everyone was so happy. Two people becoming a family, bringing two families together and everyone celebrating.
Hmmm, makes this old guy a bit reminiscent about all of his families. You see herds are our families and they are as important to us as they are to humans, for some reason many humans do not seem to notice that.
When one of my family goes out we call to it, we miss it, and when it returns we celebrate. When we add a member we get to know them and give them a spot in our family. When we loose a member we feel the loss and mourn.
Just like all families there are different dynamics. In my family Shandi likes Jack and I, she avoids Salty because he isn't smitten with her. Salty and I are best buddies and spend most of our day together. Jack's best friend was Harley, when Harley passed away Jack moped around for a week...we all missed Harely, but Jack took it the worst.
Then there are the families that have been together for a long time or really need each other. Hank and Scooby are an example of that. Scooby depends on Hank's eyes and butt to be able to "see" and Hank depends on Scooby for confidence. Those two horses need to spend the rest of their lives together. You know horses like this too, ones that people joke are old married couples...well in a way they are.
The DOR thinks that horses who have reached their 20's and have been together should not be forced to live apart, unless there is nothing else that can be done. I agree...I keep seeing old horses for sale and wonder what happened to their family, will they be too lonely to do well when they move, can't they be together? Yes we do adjust, just like humans can, but we would rightly appreciate it if humans would recognize that we form "families", have loved ones, and relationships are important to us too. Think about those things when you move us around, it would make things easier on our hearts...thank you.
I want to wish the DOR's friends a wonderful future, may they be together in human years as long as I have been alive in horse years. May they always find joy, never be separated from their herd for too long, and may their always be a celebration when they return home. May they find the truth that I have found after all of these years....LIFE IS SO GOOD
Life is so good! Oh and Jack told me to remember to say: Enjoy your day and don't forget to hug your DOR


jc said...

Wise words, Jack. Too many people buy and sell without a thought to their horse's feelings. Imagine if we were suddenly taken from our families to live somewhere else and never see them again. A horse's life is a lottery - they are at the whim of their owners.

Grey Horse Matters said...

What a great wedding idea and so unusual.

More people should be aware of the bonds that horses form with their friends and families.And think about those bonds when they separate or sell an animal. They should simply keep in mind that animals have feelings too.


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