Every day ~ unless I’m ill, away or the roads are ice covered ~ you’ll find me at the barn spending time with my horse, Bear. Two to three hours every day. Usually my lunch “hour.”
I’m in the habit of writing in the early morning and late afternoon. My horse habit nicely sandwiches these creative hours and gives my mind, body and spirit a change of pace.
Bear time is a great opportunity to peel myself away from technology and get in rhythm with nature.
It’s a good habit.
Sheltered within the stable of the daily horse habit are many sub-habits:
- I’m in the habit of grooming Bear to forge our bond and ensure he’s in ship shape shape.
- I’m in the habit of giving him a nice face rub before putting his bridle on.
- I’m in the habit of bringing a few lumps of sugar with me into the arena so I can reward him when he’s a good boy (I never have enough lumps 😉 )
- I’m in the habit of filling his blue bucket with carrots (which satisfies his carrot habit).
- I’m in the habit of cleaning my tack and sweeping up after myself.
- I’m in the habit of picking out Bear’s stall when I see it needs it
- I’m in the habit of giving Bear a light lavender aromatherapy facial massage before leaving the barn, so he’ll feel calm, relaxed and happy while I’m gone. (At least, that’s the intent. He loves the attention.)
I have been dogged by the horse habit for most of my life. There’s no way around it. I have tried to quit. Yes, I have. However, it’s no use. The horse habit is now as much a part of my life as the air I breathe.
Still, look in those eyes … how can I resist?
Thanks for visiting …
©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013
19 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: My Horse Habit”
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There are worse habits to have, after all, Bear could be a cat. Now that would be a bad habit 😉
Oh you know how much I like Bear. I’ve told you before. great habit!
Bear must love your Habits…
He is as much a creature of habit. We have our routine and he likes me to stick to it. When I walk into the tack room for the first time he expects me to emerge from it with his blue bucket filled with carrots. How can I disappoint him? The fact of the matter is he has me well trained. 😉 … Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Nurture what you love … Dorothy 🙂
Ah….well spoken by humans. Animals are smart and they are good teachers. Yes they do train us and in the end, they win.
Have a blessed Sunday, Dorothy.
That is a beautiful photo!
Thank you 🙂 … and thanks for stopping by. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂
If I had had any choice in the matter I would never have given up horses. They were my first love. You’re my vicarious other life 🙂
((hugs)) … Have you ever thought of volunteering at a horse rescue? (When you’re feeling better, of course.) So many abandoned horses needing love right now … Bear sends you a smile. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂
Grogeous picture! Thanks you for taking part and for sharing 🙂
Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂 … Be well, Dorothy 🙂
I love horses, too, as you can tell by my gravatar. :-).
Yes, I can see that. What’s not to love? 🙂 … Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂
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What a great habit to have! I had a horse during my teenage years. Not doable at this point…(horse-envy!) Gail
Thanks, Gail. … Perhaps one day you will have a horse in your life again. 😉 … Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Be well, Dorothy 🙂