After my horse Romeo’s death I started leasing Scooter….the sweetest, most kind and gentle horse I’ve ever had the privilege to know. At first, I kept my heart guarded….not only because I was grieving the loss of Romeo, but because I knew Scooter would never be mine. Although his owner is grateful for my lease, she has no intention of selling him.
I always assumed that the powerful bond Romeo and I had was due in part to the fact that he was my horse and I was his person. Today when I was reading my favorite blog by Mary Muncil of White Feather Farm, her suggestion of remembering the really good stories of 2012, and sharing them on her blog….. helped me remember that one of the most powerful lessons Scooter is teaching me is about love. The kind of pure, deep love that is not tied to ownership, but to two souls sharing their hearts.
Animals accept love as the most natural thing in the world. Although they may become very attached to their persons, they also love freely, giving of themselves without hesitation. To them the concept of who owns who is irrelevant. Instead, love is like food, sustenance…..something with which you throw yourself into whole heatedly….something which you experience without doubt…..something you relish with every fiber of your being.