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A Horse Friend Indeed

Published: 12/15/2011
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By Maddy Butcher

Holidays agitate me.

It’s a wet blanket attitude tenderly nurtured by age and motherhood. With kids, there came more gifts to buy, more cards to send, more parties to attend, more pennies pinched.

Holidays can be like the family's evening meal – heavy on duty, light on joy. I laughed when reading Victor Borge's holiday take: "Santa had the right idea. Visit people once a year."

Cherish the season?

I was having yet another Curmudgeon Field Day when I stumbled upon the wise words of Winnie the Pooh.

“What day is it?" asked Pooh.
It's today," squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day," said Pooh.

Just as I was about to make kindling of the Christmas ornaments and use my failed holiday nutbread as a tire chock, A. A. Milne put things into perspective.

Friends, particularly horse friends, are the tinsel on my tree this year.
This year, with the help of a friend, I reinvested in riding. I devoted time to my more challenging horses. It paid off marvelously. The horses are better and I’m  more confident with them.
All I needed was encouragement and skilled rider to help iron out the kinks.


Another horse friend made it possible to get away from the farm. We live near each other and know each others' routines and animals. She made the Equine Affaire and War Horse possible.


-- Horse friends aren’t afraid to get dirty. They’ll get up early for you and stay up late.
-- They hold the flashlight as you clean a wound.
-- They sit on the stoop and drink beers with you.
-- They make plans and dreams with you.
-- They gallop into the wind with you.
-- They spit and curse with you.
-- They will help you bury a beloved.

Christopher Robin tells Pooh:

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”

Thank You, Friends!

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12/15/2011 Kim Stone
Great Blog Maddy!! Friends are the most cherished parts of life. Without them it would be lonely ~ nothing better than being able to share your journey with a beloved friend ~ the good and the bad. They truly make all the difference in the world.
12/15/2011 Jan
'Horse friends' are the bestest friends!!! Thank you, friend, for the smile this morning.
12/15/2011 Ann W. Firestone
Well said Maddy, Piglet, and Pooh, Our friends are worth their weight in gold. I loved this piece. Happy Hollybrays from me and the donkeys and mules.
12/28/2011 Trea
Awesome blog Maddy! Pooh and Piglet nailed it on the head, eh?! I love my horse friends! They make the sad days brighter! This Christmas was one of the better ones I've had because of them! Thanks RSEC gals!

"An owner of a Tennessee Walking Horse once said that his horse reminded him of a lightning rod, for, as he rode, all the sorrows of his heart flowed down through the splendid muscles of his horse and were grounded in the earth." - Marguerite Henry