I will be leaving for the Pryors in a few days. Yes, I know, it has only been 2 weeks since I was last there. I will be taking a couple of friends that have never been to the Pryors before.
I also want to spend some time with Lakota and see how he is doing.
Someone this week asked me a question. At first I was offended by the question they asked. But after thinking about it for a while, I decided that not everyone is as passionate about these wild horses as I am. The question they asked me was: ” Is it really worth it? Is it really worth going up all that way to take photos of horses just eating?” Ummm… Right away I thought of my business cards. I have a photo of Lakota “just eating”, I wondered why that never occurred to me. I really loved that photo of him, but he was, “just eating”.
I finally figured how to explain what going to the Pryors is for me. On my last trip, heading up the mountain, I was in the truck by myself, so I had a lot of time to think. I wondered if I would ever tire of going up this road. But as soon as I drove through the gates of the range I realized that would never happen. It dawned on me how to attempt to explain my feelings. I said it out loud to Linda a couple of times. “Every time I come up here it is like Christmas morning.” Remember when you were a kid the feeling of Christmas morning?
That is about as good as I can get to explain how I feel. I have a passion for these horses that sometimes is unexplainable. I enjoy getting to know each horse. Yes, some I have made a deeper connection with than others. But each horse up there is very special to me. I never get tired of it.
So back to the question I was asked. “Is it worth it?” I think that for some, it probably is not worth it. Some will probably be bored and only see “horses eating”. I see a lot more, just by the way I look at them.
I guess you can say these Pryor Mountain Wild Horses are my passion.
What one sees in their surrounds and what ones passion is can be different for each person. Instead of being offended by the comment that was made to me, it made me realize and look at just how much these horses mean to me. I like watching them “just eat,” and that is okay.
So, I head to the Pryors again, in just a few days. I am looking forward to Christmas in July and watching the horses just eat.
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