I feel like maybe I have been trying to discover more of myself. Not that there was anything really missing, but the more I let myself follow the idea of not having to do something just because I think that it is expected or necessary... the more I become inspired to explore things...which leads me, always, towards more things to explore!
Delving into my relationship with people, my horses, myself and my abilities has taken me down a few rabbit holes lately.
This summer I wanted to make my life "easier" and so I put my two year old stallion Chief together with four year old Noche. Putting stallions together is definitely not for the faint of heart!
Within moments, it was established who the stronger leader of the pair was. What transpired over the course of the next few months was a very closely bonded connection and inspirational mentoring relationship between Noche and Chief.
A little while ago I got it in my head that I wanted to include Coast, my senior stallion, in with my small stallion herd for ease of keeping them together over the winter. Noche and Chief had battled it out and ended up with virtually no wounds, but I wasn't quite so sure about how Coast would fit into the mix. Coast, to those who have met him, is almost really not a horse. He is a lover, a healer, a nurturer, a kind hearted pony in a stallion body, a very gentle sire who takes his foals under his wing. And yet he has a very powerful quality to him that not many get to see. He knows exactly who he is, even though he is just considered a horse at 14.2h. He knows fully what he is capable of, who he is and where he stands.
Always fascinating to me is the shift in the herd dynamics when a new horse is introduced, or pasture mates are changed..often what is revealed is a different aspect of a horse that you might have thought you already intimately knew and understood.
A few days ago I decided to put Coast in with Noche and Chief. Like the gentleman he is, Coast jumped into the trailer, leaving behind Fancy and daughter Echo. I was momentarily torn with my decision to move him in with the stallions as he and Fancy called back and forth to each other, the distance between them getting further and further. Arriving at the pasture with Noche and Chief, Coast remained calm and relatively quiet while I backed the trailer into place. Many horses, upon leaving their pasture mates, become at least a little distressed. And stallions, upon encountering other stallions, often will call out, challenging each other. Coast did neither.
He jumped out, greeted Noche and Chief with a squeal and a kick, and the three of them took off running.
When I put Chief and Noche together the first time, there was immediately an initial challenge and a very quick takedown. With the 3 of them now together, it was more of a finding out who they were in relation to each other.
Chief remained on the outer rim; interested but keeping a relatively safe space for himself. Coast and Noche both equally took on the role of establishing ground. Amidst a great deal of squealing, a lot of pawing the air, some running back and forth, and minor muzzle wound on Noche inflicted by Coast; the stallions are now grazing together, giving each other space and connecting by reaching out with their nose, tipping an ear, arching a neck or turning a hind end while they confirm who they are relating to.
From the horsewisdomRevelations,
Coast's message ~ to REVEAL ~ when we exemplify our highest ideals we draw unto ourselves those who seek to see their own presence through the light of another. We cannot give that which we do not recognize to have. And so in truth, seek that which is your most reflective state to offer to others the chance and opportunity to be captivated by the greatest brilliance of your essence, brought forth through honouring that which is Divine in you to communicate through your compelling and paradoxical gentle heart and fierce spirit.
Know that if you are not always in a space of feeling like you can connect to the outside world, seek to find yourself first and then find yourself in relation to another.