Happy New Year! Here is Max out on the trail. I ended up bareback on my Thursday ride and Max was unflappable. What a sweetie boy.
The barn operators and boarders at the stable where Max lives are simply amazing. They are unbelievably kind and welcoming to me and my family and to others. Yesterday afternoon they did something very special. A woman named Barb started leasing a horse at this barn shortly before I arrived at Thanksgiving. Barb has become a great friend to all of us and she has been on many trail rides with me. Sadly, her soulmate/boyfriend died suddenly last week. The owners of the barn and all the boarders held a benefit yesterday afternoon with pony rides and a picnic for Barb. Brian, Maizie and I were there and the energy was so positive. Everyone turned up to support Barb and sincerely help her by sharing laughter, and of course, horses. I know she appreciated their kindness and we were very lucky to witness such good will.
We took Max out to the church for grazing during the festivities and Brian also had a "pony ride" on Norton. Later we reflected on the great community in that horse barn. Horses can bring out the best in all of us.
May your 2012 be horsey and kind!