What an incredible summer it has been, and it is not over. I am down from the mountain to take guests to the airport in Cody, and then heading back up later today with a good friend. Tomorrow will begin my 5 day class with the University of Montana, Western students. I look forward to watching them get to know the beautiful horse souls that I have been able to share my summer with.
It is hard to explain to someone who has never experienced the mountain, just how special this place is. Not only for the horses, but for the spiritual beauty and peace that this mountain is and what it has to offer to anyone that is willing to accept it and also to open their hearts and listen to what it tells you.
I for one have become more at peace with my own life and more excepting of what life gives me, and what I do with it. Life is short, but very good and I cherish each day that I have.
I don’t have time for a long post of many photos, but I decided to just share a short story of one band that I have grown to love. The Hamlets.
These photos are not good. The lighting is too bright, it was the middle of the day. I apologize for that, but the story it tells far out weighs the quality of the photos.
I have been watching this band all summer. In June, Hamlet kept them to himself at the far end of the range, past Penn’s Cabin. But now, they freely mingle with the other bands.
Hamlet is an incredible band stallion. I am amazed and have to remind myself that this is his first band. He is everything I would want in a stallion. Caring, kind, protective and fair. I look forward to watching him for many years and seeing his offspring on the range.
Audubon seems very content with Hamlet. I have seen them many times in close close to her former band (Morning Star). I found it interesting to watch Morning Star’s mare try to make eye contact with Audubon. She would not give them a glance. I have to think about that and what the reason may be, but it is obvious that she is content and happy with her new life. Niyaha on the other hand tries not only to make eye contact, but frequently tries to go up to her birth band.
Niyaha is beautiful young filly, full of life and energy. When she takes off at a dead run towards Morning Star’s band, I can almost imagine the look on Hamlet’s face. He would have to step in and bring her back, but not before receiving Morning Stars displeasure of the situation. But Hamlet is wise and backs down fast. He doesn’t want to risk losing his family. He is wise beyond his years.
And so, today, I head back up to the mountain top for my longest single stay on the mountain to date. Six days. I look forward and will treasure each moment.
PS: After pushing the “publish” button, I realized that this was my 300th post!