Saturday, December 31, 2011

Take a cup of kindness

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!


  1. What an amazing barn! How special!

    Have a great new year! I look forward to hearing more about Pie, Sovey, and Foggy!

  2. You are fortunate to be spending your winter time at such a nice barn with good people.

    Wishing you and yours the best in 2012!

  3. Sounds like horse heaven where you are Juliette. I'll bet your three guys can't wait for your return...

    Wishing all the best for you and your family in the coming year.


  4. Lovely friends, times and sunny days Jules!!

    Barb really has a great society of support there. That is devastatingly sad. Those stablemates are the best.

    Same thing just happened to my
    barefoot farrier.
    Just held Pantz for her as we both bawled our eyes out. She is getting a whole POT of kindness from an unexpected source.

    You take care dear, and I'm so happy you are being well taken care of by MAX hunk!

  5. Happy 2012 to one and all! How awsum is it that you are having such a great time in Florida and meeting such wonderful horses and people. I bet part of the reason why that picnic was so uplifting was because you were there. Do not laugh! I am not kidding. And here's a thought: I am jealous that it is winter and you are going on picnics!!!! I hope this year is filled with all kinds of marvelous wonderful stuff. And then some!

  6. Juliette, What a wonderful place you have found in Florida. And a wonderful horse- Max. Your rides on him sound so nice.

    The support the barn gave to Barb was very nice. I'm sure it meant a lot to her. How kind.

    Hope you and your family and your special horses have a great new year in 2012 also!

  7. The barn sounds like a really special place. People who can create and maintain that kind of energy are too rare.
    I really enjoy your blog and comments throughout the year Juliette. Hope you continue to have a wonderful vacation. Happy New Year to you and all of your family and animals!

  8. Sounds like you're having an awesome time in Florida, and riding at a great barn!
    I look forward to hearing more of your adventures in 2012. Happy New Year!

  9. This is the first time I've been here and I've got to say your barn and the people there sound very special.

    Wishing you good rides with Max in 2012.


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