Over a decade I spent traveling around the interior of British Columbia, enjoying the company of wonderful horse people, and their horses. The job was amazing, I saw beautiful country and met great, knowledgeable people.
This has left me with much more time to work with my own horses.
During the process of teaching a new found friend, here on the island, the in's and out's of round pen work, she dropped a little bug in my ear.
“I bet the kids in the after school program would love to do horse stuff.”
I've been on Haida Gwaii full time for just over 3 months now, and for the first time, since my arrival, life feels like it's falling into a natural rhythm. Newness, although fun and exhilarating, has never been my favorite part of life. I find comfort in the familiar.
At first we weren't going to bring them here until spring, but I had a sneaky feeling they would come in handy. Finding a place for them on the trailer was a bit of a trick but we managed.
Almost 20 years ago I began my educational venture into the world of natural health. The first course I took was a herbology course, that’s a story we’ll save for another day. One of the first things that course encouraged its students to do was to buy a stethoscope and get used to listening to lungs. To the local pharmacy I went, and although they thought it was an odd request they ordered me a stethoscope. I even got my choice of colour.
Monday July 20, 2015 I got home at 2AM, quickly checked the horses, brought in the dogs and promptly fell over in bed. A few hours later I staggered outside to care for the herd. With the hay shortage and moving I made the decision to use the good pieces from the 3 not so great bails I had leftover from last year. The first two feedings went well, everyone was happy and glad to have me back home again. I opened up the next bail Tuesday morning fed like I normally would. I left the horses and headed back into the house. A few hours later I came out to find find Pan wheezing with great force. She has had small reactions to hay before this but I thought she may be sensitive to the dust.
It’s amazing how many details you can remember when you need to make the right choice for someone you love.
During a recent conversation with my brother he mentioned he was concerned about me moving to an island far away and not having Brent at home full time. He was worried that I would be lonely. “Don’t worry I have horses” I responded. He laughed and said that only works for so long.
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