It’s New Year’s Eve morning, and temps were in the minus double-digits over night. The cold bite was sharpened by wind. Yesterday as I drove to pick up some alfalfa to help make the nights a bit shorter for the horses in my barn, I saw a horse and cow huddled together in a slight ditch in a pasture.
Both had their heads low and noses close. The pair may have had some shelter from the snow and wind from their shoulders down, abut the top half of their bodies were packed with snow. They were an odd couple but helping each other as they could.
Maybe they had a run-in shed somewhere in their pasture and were waiting for the wind to let up to get to it. Maybe they had water somewhere thawed for drinking. They were a decent weight, so I hoped this was just a moment out of time for them.
At the same time, Horse Advocates know that there are so many horses less fortunate. On bitter days, there is always the knowledge of suffering happening, probably close by. It hangs in the air–our compassion for them is something we always carry with us.
It’s hard for an individual to do much. Every hour of the day would not add up to enough. But we are lucky to know that any kind of work is made light by many hands. Together as a group it is possible to get more done, if each of us just gives a few moments of our time. It can be as easy as an email or a brief phone call. Join us and be part of the solution to the challenge of neglected and abused horses in Colorado.
Lets make a New Year’s Resolution to just do a little bit, like the horse and cow. It’s a promise that’s easy to keep and at the same time, each bit can add up to making a huge difference.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life? (Mary Oliver, 1935 -)
Horse Advocates of Colorado, we wish you a warm, safe New Year celebration with the ones you love. Along with the strong affirmation that we can inspire each other, work together, and make 2015 a much better year for everyone, especially horses.
Now, let’s go out there and heat things up a bit!