When I made the decision to move Remington to a farm which is over an hour’s drive away, where he could live in a pasture with other horses and be free to enjoy a life of companionship with his equine brethren and where he would not be ridden, I knew it was the absolute best thing to do for him, but was afraid it would be a difficult change for me since I would no longer be spending 3-4 hours each day with my beloved boy. Because of the long drive, I would have to limit the number of days I could see him. How wrong I was!
Since his move, I have been going to see him once or twice a week. And to my surprise and delight, our relationship has flourished because of this change. Remy has days with his best buddies, playing, grazing, running and bucking, napping and living with freedom and joy. Then he has days when I am there for several hours. We groom, go for walks, play in the round pen, visit the other horses on the property; he gets carrots and apples, plenty of hugs and kisses, and time to learn how to be a safe and trustworthy partner as we work on the ground doing fun training sessions. He is thriving!
And I have the time now to create balance in my life. I am devoting more time to my own mental, physical and spiritual well-being and am thriving too in this new dynamic.
Animals have the capacity to teach us so many important and deeply personal lessons about life. Because of Remy (who has told me, by the way, that this was the life he really wanted!) I have been blessed to learn a most valuable lesson about change. He is helping me to see that embracing change by being willing to trust the path of love and kindness can bring about unexpected delights. Because of my love for Remington and by honoring his needs, my own apprehensions were transformed. My fear of change became an embrace of change.