Thursday, January 30, 2014

Exciting day

I have been feeling bummed and sorry for myself the past few days, by no fault of anyone but myself. Today all of it changed, because as my mom, my sister and I drove through town we spotted policemen/woman on horseback. Now I know it might not sound like that big of a deal to most of you, but in my town you don't see horses and having them walk around was a big deal. Cars came to a standstill and people were staring at the horses with their mouths hanging open.

Anyway, my sister is a chef at a wine estate that keeps horses and she had this idea of buying a few apples and having us feed them to the horses. I was so excited by this idea, even though I have never been up and close with a horse, this sounded like the best idea ever. My sister bought the apples and after the police agreed, we fed the horses apples. It was so fantastic, because the horses were so friendly and we didn't even need to work hard to get their attention because the horses saw that we had apples and rushed towards us. Of course at this stage my heart was pounding in my chest and for a brief moment I thought they might kill me, as they were huge, but the fear passed as soon as I realized they were only sniffing at the apples in my hand.

I was so amazed and humbled by the beauty and grace of these animals. As I held out my hand to feed the first horse I couldn't help but feel as if there was a kind of magical energy about these creatures. I fought back a laugh as the horse I fed kept taking small nibbles of the apple I was holding, as if she was shy she would come across as unladylike and eager. The horse my sister fed ate the entire apple in just one go. To me this little adventure was one of the best days of my life. It made me feel as if I was soaring in the clouds. Just to be near such beautiful and powerful animals made my day. My mom said that I had a glow about me afterwards. Maybe it had something to do with the stupid grin I was sporting for the rest of the day.


  1. So happy you had fun with the horses, Murees. You should spend more time with them. I hope your sister will encourage you to do that, too. Horses can really lift your spirits so I think it would be wonderful for you.

  2. After the IWSG website directed me over here, I've been reading around your blog a bit, and I must say, I find it encouraging to hear that we're kind of in the same boat, though I'm sorry you've had a rough time lately. Keep struggling forward, and most of all, keep writing.

  3. Horses are so cool. I used to live down the road from a riding school, so horses were always walking past my house, and yes, I always had to watch them pass :-)

  4. Such a cool experience. I love horses, but haven't had the opportunity to be around them for a while now.

    They really can lift your spirits.

  5. Deanie - Thank you for the great advice. They definitely lifted my spirit. I felt so warm and fuzzy afterwards.

    JNC - Thank you so much. I wish you all the success in the world. Thank you for the visit.

    Annalisa - I am so jealous! I would have stared at them too. They are just so beautiful and mesmerizing.

    M.J. - I am still soaring after the experience. It is just one of those things I will never forget. I hope you will get to spend time with your horses again soon.

  6. Use it in your writing!

    And remember what a former American president I mostly didn't like said, (he probably stole the quote) "There's nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse."

  7. Carole - You are welcome.

    John - Those are really great words of wisdom, thank you.

  8. Hi Murees - I've always wanted to ride horses ... but never did and was somewhat daunted by them .. thrown as a kid and then again at 21 ...

    They are amazing and I'm so pleased you had this encounter and were able to connect with them .. perhaps some volunteering at your sister's employer's wine farm would give you some more insights .. and provide some interesting encounters ...

    It is the year of the Horse ... I haven't looked further into this! Yet - I took note ..

    Cheers and I do hope this will inspire you .. Hilary

  9. Animals can really lift your spirits. Horses are such majestic creatures! Glad you enjoyed your time with them.

  10. Just the beauty of horses lifts my spirits. Sounds like a terrific day.

  11. Horses are amazing. Being around them picks me up too. :-)

  12. Hilary - That is great advice. I have never had the opportunity to ride a horse. But I would definitely be afraid to. Just in case they buck or throw me.

    Sherry - I love animals because they always make me feel happy.

    LD - Horses are wonderful. It was definitely a unforgettable day.

    Misha - They definitely made me smile and feel happy for days after.

  13. Murees, I've been thinking about you! Hope you're well?
    My hubby LOVES horses and horse racing. He knows lots about them, e.g. lineage, race statistics etc.
    Me? I know nothing. But they ARE beautiful...
    Writer In Transit

  14. Murees
    I'm happy that the horses delighted you and made your day. I'm not much of a fan of horses because i've been around them all my life and had to muck out toooooo many stalls.
    But where would the early settlers have been without their transportation of horses? Wearing out a lot of shoe leather, that's where. Ha
    Take care, my dear, and hopefully you remain free of your funk.

  15. Michelle - Your husband is so lucky. I don't know anything about horses either, but the moment was just so great.

    Manzanita - Thank you. I guess I wouldn't be too happy if I had to clean out all those stalls either.


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