…dedicated to those running free in greener pastures
From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a horse,” or, “that’s a lot of money for just a horse”. They don’t understand the distance
traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a horse.” Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a horse.” Many hours have passed when my only company was “just a horse,” but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a horse,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a horse” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it’s “just a horse,” then you will probably understand phrases like
“just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”
“Just a horse” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure unbridled joy. “Just a horse” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.
Because of “just a horse” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a horse,” but an embodiment of many the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. “Just a horse” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a horse” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being
“just a woman, or just a man.”
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a horse,” just smile, because they “just” don’t understand.
If you have recently (or not so recently) lost a horse and would like to have a photo posted on this page, please email it to me with owner/horse information. Lydia Mabry firstname.lastname@example.org.