Quote for the week

They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
~Mark Rashid
This is the DOR and I when I first joined her family. The DOR has a lot of horse experience, but she never acts like a know-it-all. The other thing that she does is makes sure that all of her horses knows how much she cares. She tells each one of that everyday. She makes sure that she touches each one of us and assures us we are each very special. Now that may sound darn silly, but it makes a world of difference to us. By making it clear to each of us that she cares we find ourselves wanting to be with her, wanting to do what she asks, and wanting to let her know that we care in return.
I don't care how much the DOR knows, and rumor has it that she knows a lot of stuff, I just want to know that she cares for me. The fact that she cares for me means she will protect me, take care of me, and always look out for my best interests. That is important because that makes me feel secure and confident, which in turn results in me trying my heart out for her.
We horses are pretty forgiving critters, good thing for humans that we are. We can forgive mistakes made by humans who are learning, but asking us to forgive the fact that our human does not care is just more than we can keep doing. So spend some time with your horse just letting it know you care, you could always just sit in the pasture and read a book....we are working on the Tao of Equus.
Enjoy your day and don't forget to hug your DOR


Kate said...

Thank you for your excellent post Jack! We and our DORs are great fans of Mark Rashid, and what he says is so true. We like it when our DORs just hang out with us - we should ask them to do it even more often! Dawn, Maisie (we've met Mark) and Noble (who hasn't met Mark but has heard lots about him)

Grey Horse Matters said...

Great quote and sentiments Jack. We always take the time to spend with each of our horses and feed them treats and play with them. It means as much to our herd as it does to us.

Sharkbytes said...

Great pic, Jack. I know you love your DOR!

Meghann LittleStudio said...

What a great post. It astonishes me that people can be so blessed to have animals and not love them as much as possible. Having a horse/dog/cat is a privilege, not a right, and once we realize that, we become their guardians. We are responsible for their physical health, yes, but their emotional health is just as important. Thanks for stating that :)

Maximus said...

You've trained your person well. Supposedly I will be seeing my mom every day soon. I hope it's as good as you say.

Power to the Ponies!!

Oh and I linked to your page.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the link Maximus, I think Lipizzaners are beautiful horses.
My person learned her philosophy about horses from her grandfather and father, she continues to study different horsemen and grows with each one she encounter-I just keep her practacing

Dusty Devoe said...

Your DOR sounds like a really special lady! You are one lucky horse. Hugs to you Jack!

RiverBend Farm said...

Sounds like ya'll have a very special relationship. I am loving the arrow on your forehead..hope it works for you!


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