I recently finished this painting I did for Gail Willis, my horse trainer. Titled “Bits and Lips”, it represents the classic Western horse and was a perfect gift for Gail who has trained Western riders and horses for most of her life and is a beautiful example of someone who puts the comfort and health of the horse first.
Captivated by the design of this well-worn bit, I wanted to show not only the intricate details of the silver, but the relaxed demeanor of the horse. I also wanted to make a statement about how important it is to treat horses (and all animals) with respect and kindness. Although some may think this kind of bit looks hurtful to the horse, it’s all about how this type of tack is used….the intention of the rider being the key reason why a horse is either harmed or helped by it’s use. Animals know when our intention is honest and loving….even our own hands can become a weapon when used with disdain, frustration or hatred.
When we focus our intention on helping rather than hurting, compassion rather than impatience……. not only do the animals in our lives respond with affection, respect and love, we create a vibration, an energy field which travels farther and wider than we could ever imagine.