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Due to much poking and prodding.... I've decided to bite the bullet......remember that blog page I had on this site when Bruce & I first started ranching at Edam?....I'm picking up the reins again (finally). We just got so darn busy ranching, that I never had much time to tend to the keyboard. Bruce always supplied me with alot of content (wit and wisdom from a Ranchers wife). The trials and tribulations of ranch life.....and so the story began. 

All my ramblings (and most of my riding) came to a screaching halt when "Rancher" was diagnosed with Stage 4 terminal stomach cancer in June of 2014. We were told by oncologist's to get his affairs in order, they had given him 6 mos. to live. There was no time to spare, as priorities were addressed and tended to. My pen did not see paper again till 2 days before he was moved to palliative care in North Battleford. It was more out of necessity than anything else.

I was in a state of sheer panic, by putting my thoughts on paper, it gave me focus...like putting blinders on a horse (don't worry about what's behind you - just focus on how to tend to what lies ahead). It was right there and then that I realized how much my life with horses had helped me to prepare for braveness and courage in the following days before he passed away. By spending most of my life amoungst a herd of domesticated horses- they had taught me how to live like a horse, to cope by applying their methodolgoies, to live life amoungst this chaos the comlpicated humans had created.  

Please joing me in days and weeks to follow as I share with you'all the secrets horses share and what they have taught me about life, and how to deal with life's dissappointments much like a horse would. It has served me well. I use their theories in everyday choices and decisions. It has served me well, has taught me how to accept the bad, appreciate the good and enjoy the "comfort in the herd". 

Now isn't this where I'm supposted to attach the "click here" to join button and "pay online to learn how to" . Sorry.....not my style, this is something I have been putting off for far too long. 

 

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Merry Christmas Blog

Merry Christmas Blog

Well it's that time of year for solemn reflections of the past year. Christmas doesn't have to be a overly joyous time, but I think it's agreat time for appreciation and gratefulness. What other people make out of the holidays is their business, not ours.Forr most of us nearing the autumn's in our life cycle (50, 60"s & 70's) there will at least 1 empty plate at the  Christmas table (if we are lucky). It's not that we are unlucky, or victims of life's bitter realities - it is a mere cycle of life that we are meant to learn from. To accept, to grow and to be grateful dispite our losses. We all know folks that have endured so much more in a lifetime. 

A heartful of grateful is way more valuable to the soul than remorse, regret and apprecviative. We have so many reasons to be grateful - somedays we may have to dig deep, but everyday if you write one items. Everyday I add to my list the reasons why I need to be grateful, and consider those who struggles are far greater.

Christmas can be a sad time for us complicated humans living in a modern industrialized and techonology sourced society. It is disheartening to see and hear the tales of our youth struggling with addictions, suicides, depresssion. Floundering around in this crazy world trying to find themselves and a purpose.  It is a difficult time for many, for so many diffrent reasons.

There has never been a better time than Christmas to take time to learn and be aware of the comforts your herd provides. Now I'm not talking 4 legged herds - your herd also comprises of your 2 legged herd...freinds, family, that you trust and enjoy being with. Appreciate them and know they are there for you come thick or thin. I'm not saying all your family or friends needs to be part of your herd, but those that have earned and established an trusting relationship in your heart herd need to be cherished and appreciated.Some herds are very small and tight with 2 or 3 in it, some folks have built themselves a huge herd of people to be grateful for.  Christmas give us a time and reason to thank your herd and tell them how much they are loved and appreciated....to me this is the reason for Christmas, regardless of your religious belief. The herd we've created here and now gives us another reason to celebrate humankind.  

For those of us with the luxury of having herds at our back door - we can take some much needed time to spend holidays amoungst the 4 legged herd; where we find quiet peace, compassion, and non-judgement, because these critters don't posses the human traits.  We can tell our biggest fears, worries and secrets with them  and know they will remain safe within. Those that own horses know all to well the therapeutic persona they imply, and we are so lucky to have them in our lives. Societies between horse and human are very similar, the problem with human kind is we are very complicated creatures with a whole realm of worries, concerns, emotions and stressors unfamiliar to a horse. 

If we could learn to live and exist with the simple attributes that are acceptable to a 4 legged herd....what a great place this world would be. Getting along by returning favors and working hard to be better people so that we maybe  be accepted and belong to your herd. 

So whether your herd be 2 legged or 4 legged, big or small; I hope you find comfort in your herd 

P.S. I am hoping to relaunch my old blog page in the upcoming year, once my software and templates get updated. Stay tuned for more ramblings as I share a ton of past experiences in the New Year. 

Merry Christmas Everyone

Laura and the herd 

 

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