On Sunday May 17th the newest addition to our herd was born. A little bay filly I call Punkin Pie. The day she was born I was unfortunately in Kitimat and was not able to go meet her. My friend Charlotte Ruse who bred her especially for me was kind enough to send all the pictures I desired.
The first thing I noticed was how delicate and proud she is. This made me wonder if all horses are born that proud. Had Pan and Tonka bean this way when they were born? How much of the natural wonder a horse is born with is jaded by human interaction?
Out on the Pacific Ocean in a canoe patched with gorilla tape the importance of quality communication became very clear to me. I have to admit I was scared, during our first canoe trip the first creature we encountered, only moments after launching our rickety canoe was a very large lions mane jellyfish.
The next trip out crab fishing in our crazy canoe, the foundation for healthy communication was firmly in place. We were well oiled machine. I did find however I missed him while he was cleaning the catch and I was responsible for all the paddling. I didn't miss the power he provided to our forward movement, I missed feeling him there, feeling that subtle communication of his paddle hitting the water behind me. That small splash that assured me he was still there working with me towards the same goal. Keeping in touch was a concept brought to my attention during a recent experience with the Suffolk Punch horses.
Until I sat down to really think about what makes a great, healthy, relationship tick, I didn’t think I had a problem with the quality of my communication. Thanks to the arrival of Punkin all the relationships in my life will benefit from the choice to strive towards bettering my communication skills.
Cyndi Bird CEST