Monday, November 8, 2010

Two Horses

This has been going around the internet email and I thought it was worthy of a posting:

Two Horses  
Author Unknown

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. 

From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse.
But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing....

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind.
  His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. 

This alone is amazing.  If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.  Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell.
  It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell. 

Like the owners of these two horses, our mates don't throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges.

They watch over us and even bring others into our lives
To help us when we are in need..

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who are placed in our lives.
Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way....

Good friends are like that...
 You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.. 
* Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours, and remember...

Be kinder than necessary-
Everyone you meet is fighting
Some kind of battle.

Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly.......


Sydney_bitless said...

Thats really neat. My aunts standardbred trainer had a pretty valuable broodmare that had to be rendered surgically blind due to a pathogen she contacted and damaged her eyes making her see scary shadows. I worked with this mare once, if you did anything out of order you would startle her but other than that she was very trusting. Out in the field her foals always had bells on them and there were pie plates by the gate/waterer. All around the paddock edges was pea stone. When the mare hit the pea stone she would do a pretty impressive rollback (for a standardbred) and gallop off in the other direction. Unless you knew her you would never know she was blind. Shes still alive and kicking nearly 20.

DayPhoto said...

Very beautiful! Thank you!.


fernvalley01 said...

Just wonderful! Great story and a wonderful sentiment.I had a blind mare for years ,and you wouldn't know it , even her foal seemed to know momma needed different things .she would stand and call him ,and he would stop playing and come rushing back to her

Anonymous said...

Very nice story, and good words to live by at the end. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post, Val. Definitely worth sharing, thanks. Your blog header photo is absolutely beautiful.