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me and my shadow

November 12, 2013
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a certain someone has been very affectionate lately,

and makes it a point to follow me to the arena gate

when i turn the horses out and stand right next to me

while the others all run around her.

i’ve begun to jokingly refer to her as my shadow.

it’s quite endearing, really.

we spend a few minutes together

chatting in the sunshine

while i give her neck scratches

until both of us are ready to move on.

yesterday the time had come to grab a halter

and actually take rose out to work with her.

“work” may be a strong term,

but it was certainly a first step.

brandt came with me as i walked rose out

to the hay field at the back of our property

and let her graze while i brushed her.

(the others followed us all the way down the arena fence

in utter disbelief…

so brandt opened the pasture gate to let them graze

just on the other side of the fence from where we were.)

rose was quite content–

she knew she was getting a little something extra,

so she didn’t even object when i sprayed on the detangler

and worked through her mane and tail.

we took it slow and easy, one section of mane at a time

which i braided as i finished.




it was such a glorious afternoon,

the sun warm on my back as we just enjoyed

the quiet, slow pace together.



the sun began to slip low over the mountains

which meant that the temperature would dip quickly,

so i reluctantly turned rose loose in the pasture

with the others for a few more minutes of grazing

while brandt and i made out way back to the house.

i’m so grateful for these indian summer days

that allow me to spend time with the horses

as i continue healing and work at getting stronger.

there are lots of good things happening,

and i’ll be back with those soon.

in the meantime,

i’d like to send a big THANK YOU!! out to all veterans today,

and tell you how much i appreciate your willingness to serve in

the armed forces and protect our freedom.

and dad, a special thank you to you today

for allowing me to benefit from your military career

by having a wealth of experiences that i would otherwise

not have enjoyed,

being born in japan certainly one of them!

life is good.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2013 6:23 am

    thank you for so sweetly remembering our veterans.

    and that rose, so braided, so beautiful. love seeing her. and you, in shadow.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 12, 2013 6:34 am

      oh, those veterans! so many stories they can tell. it’s so hard for me to fathom what they went through.

      and yes, dear braided rose, my sweet companion. i love that girl.

      and i love seeing you here, my friend.

  2. Mary Harte permalink
    November 12, 2013 1:18 pm

    I love her braids!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 12, 2013 7:17 pm

      me, too!
      and she’s got plenty of hair to braid!

  3. Brandi permalink
    November 12, 2013 6:00 pm

    Looks like a very fine day to enjoy with a friend. I’m glad you’re able to get out with her.
    Be well.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 12, 2013 7:20 pm

      we are having such a glorious spell of sun soaked days, including today which began with a heavy, moody fog. i’m on my way out now to just say hello to the herd and set them free to wander their space together.

  4. Laurie permalink
    November 17, 2013 8:26 am

    i’m so glad you have sun to warm your healing bones!
    i’m even more glad you have Rose to keep you company while the sun warms your healing bones!!!

    and i love that she is blossoming under your tender loving care, and that under hers you will be riding again soon!

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