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Here are some more inspirational quotes to enjoy: You shall be the greatest of creatures for you will possess grace, beauty, strength and speed. I shall call you horse. “Unknown”.
Behind every success is effort… behind every effort is passion… behind every passion is someone with the courage to try. “Unknown”
Great minds have purpose; others have wishes. “Washington Irving”
Ask me to show you poetry in motion and I will show you a horse. “Unknown”
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire. “Sharon Ralls Lemon”
The cheif enemy of curiosity is fear. “Frederic Pignon”
Horses change lives. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope. “Toni Robinson”
You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it. “Charles Buxton”
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but, the ability to start over. “F. Scott Fitzgerald”
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Ok, I hear this every Christmas, I’m not giving out cards this year. Once I buy the stamps and the cards it’s just too expensive. Here is my thought on this. First of all, I know that Christmas comes every year . You are probably going to get one card from me this year and Christmas will be it. I purchase my cards after Christmas or when they are on sale. I purchase my special horse cards in October. Then I start buying stamps as soon as the Christmas ones are available. This year I got a call from my friend, Carol Deas telling me what a beautiful card she had received from me. Nothing makes your day like going to the mailbox and getting those cards. Forget the e-cards, sure you can send them all with the click of a button but, oh, how impersonal! During Christmas mine are strung across the livingroom wall. Those cards are as much a part of my holiday tradition as the Christmas tree. So, prepare for next year, I hear the cost of stamps aren’t going up. For the cost of about a dollar or a little bit more you can send a greeting that will warm the entire household and tell everyone just how much you care.
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The minute I walked into the Cracker Barrel , this book caught my eye. I love paintings by artist, Chris Cummings and I love to read quotes of inspiration. What a great combination! Here are a few of my favorite quotes. No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. “Winston Churchill”, Closeness, friendship, affection-keeping your own horse means all these things. “Bertrand Leclair” and A lovely horse is always an experience. It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words. “Beryl Markham”.
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The sight of him did something to me I’ve never quite been able to explain. He was more than tremendous strength and speed and beauty of motion. He set me dreaming. ” Walt Morey”. Read this and other beautiful quotes in the book “Unbridled Beauty, Celebrating the Spirit of Horses” with paintings by equestrian artist, Chris Cummings.
Bubba was the horse my daughter, Jenna learned to vault on. He was a gentle giant measuring 18 hands high and weighing over 2,000 pounds. He was patient, forgiving of her mistakes and proudly carried her and her team mates during competitions and at exhibitions. This is my favorite picture of Jenna and Bubba, it shows the special bond they had for each other.Follow Jenna on her Never Ending Road Trip.
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I still remember the look on Jenna’s face when she got off the school bus and saw Tracy and I sitting on the front porch holding a cute little puppy. Terry, was gone a lot and I thought that with us living in the country, a guard dog might be a good idea. Prince was adopted from the local S.P.C.A. and was just a few months old. He was a Shephard/Husky mix and grew to be about 90 pounds. He was a gentle playmate and a fearless protector. When the girls grew older, Prince became my trusty companion. Often, his face was the first to greet me as I started my day. He watched over me as I cleaned the barn and was a huge help when I weeded the garden, or so he thought! He loved to chase bunny rabbits. As he got older, it was hard for him to get around, those rabbits loved to tease him. The day he passed was one of the hardest days of my life. The mornings were the hardest. When I would walk out the back door to head for the barn I would look for him, only now he wasn’t there. When I saw this statue at a roadside stand I had to have it. I planted his garden. It brought me comfort knowing that when I looked for him, I knew he was in the garden. A few weeks after planting the garden I noticed bunny rabbits gathering around the garden in the evening. They didn’t go in the garden but, were hopping all around eating grass. This went on for months. Even when there was snow on the ground, the rabbits were there. I knew they were telling me not to worry, Prince was in heaven chasing bunny rabbits. Prince, was a part of our family for 14 years. His statue has grown faded and cracked but, my memories of that wonderful dog are still as colorful as the flowers in his garden.
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While attending the Devon Horse Show I had the pleasure of meeting photographer/ author, Jim Dratfield. Jim is a talented photographer who has traveled extensively photographing many famous and not so famous people and their pets. He has taken many of these photo’s and included them into books for inspiration as well as fun. “The Quotable Equine” is the perfect book for me as I love beautiful pictures of horses and enjoy reading quotes, they can put a lot of meaning into just a few little words. It’s amazing! Jim even took the time to autograph my book.My three favorite quotes from the book are:
A lovely horse is always an experience… It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words. ** Beryl Markham
You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you! ** Isadora Duncan
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength. ** Henry Ward Beecher
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If you enjoy beautiful books, breath taking photography and words of inspiration then this is the book for you. If I had A Horse, How Different Life Would Be, written by Melissa Sovey-Nelson and photographs by Mark J. Barrett capture the true spirit of the horse through photographs and beautiful language that will inspire your outlook on life. It is a collection of phrases as well as stories by Sovey-Nelson. My favorite paragraph goes like this: Confidence starts in the mind, blossoms in action, and grows with practice. Truer words were never spoken. It is my dream to one day write a book like this. This is definitely one to add to your collection!
Courage, wisdom born of insight and humility, empathy born of compassion and love, all can be bequeathed by a horse to his rider. (Charles de Kunffy)
When I can’t ride anymore, I shall keep horses as long as I can hobble along with a bucket and wheelbarrel. When I can’t hobble, I shall roll my wheelchair out by the fence of the field where my horses graze, and watch them. (Monica Dickens)
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I have more words of wisdom from the book “Believe” by Buck Brannaman. I hope you enjoy them. If people put more thought into their words and their actions, the world might truely be a better place.
“I believe that kindness and patience and faith are more powerful than negativity.” “People really do remember how you make them feel. And that’s something that a lot of folks don’t put much effort into these days.” ” To a horse what does matter is how you make them feel, and they respond positively if you treat them with respect, patience and understanding.” ” We all learn best if taught with patience, humility and understanding.” ” Yeilding is not about submission, it’s a matter of showing respect for one another.” “Fear can undermine everything you do, it’s foolish to be impatient, it’s cruel to withhold affection and respect.” “What works in disciplining a horse also works in self descipline.” “If you really listen to your horse, he will tell you what’s wrong.” “Life is a path, a journey, a never ending circle. The circle of learning is knowing what you want to accomplish and how your going to get there, your direction and your path.” ” There is more grace in life being imperfect than struggling to hide the fact that you aren’t.”
Hope this gives you something to think about and to inspire you. “Believe” is a fantastic book. Learn more about Buck at http://www.brannaman.com.
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