Murphy the American Quarter Horse: I want more freedom. How do I get it?


Dear Paws to Talk,

I live in a rural area with my humans, a mule and a cat. We have a nice pasture and plenty of food to eat. Overall, it is a good life.

Despite that, I feel a need for more independence. I stay in the pasture most days and feel restless. I love to run and use my powerful legs.

My human mother used to take me for rides every other day but lately this has stopped. Earlier in her life, she was thrown from a horse (not me) and I think her fear may be the reason behind my lack of rides. Last time I was out of the pasture, I got excited and started to run extra fast. She did not like that.

I want to run free and not be burdened by my human. How do gain my freedom?

-Murphy the American Quarter Horse


Howl Murphy the American Quarter Horse,

You are the first equine to write to us and we’re glad you did. We admire the beauty and athleticism of your species. When you think about it, horses possess a lot of the same qualities that Poodles do except we don’t eat hay.

We are frustrated that you are in this predicament. Clearly, there is something going on with your human (They are so high maintenance). Maybe she will get over it? Regardless, you deserve to use your natural abilities as much as possible.

We know you are hungry for independence, but it doesn’t seem like a good idea to escape the pasture and live on your own permanently. This thought has probably gone through your mind a lot recently. However, it is important to cherish the wholesome supply of hay that you are given each day in your pasture and the animal family that surrounds you. It is a wild world out there.

Maybe you can take a day trip outside the pasture for an exhilarating run? Be sure to get back in time for dinner. Don’t waste that hay.

There are also ways for you to feel more free inside your pasture. If you feel like running, then do it. Run to the furthest boundary and back as many times as your heart desires. Do this for yourself. You have the ability to do whatever you want on this piece of land. Make it your place.

Your human will probably take a hint that you need to be taken out for a long ride. If this happens, don’t worry about her. Do your thing. Run with force, beauty and joy. If she doesn’t like it then maybe she needs to reconsider owning a horse or get someone else to take you on rides.

Use your gifts. Feel the wind blowing through your mane. Freedom from you stagnant lifestyle is yours for the taking. Good luck!


Bella and DiDi
















© Margot Ahlquist and Paws to Talk, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Margot Ahlquist and Paws to Talk with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

15 thoughts on “Murphy the American Quarter Horse: I want more freedom. How do I get it?

  1. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while. I had a great time — I love what you’re doing in your blog! — and tried to leave my campsite as clean as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

    • Thanks for stopping by! We are excited to go camping on your blog!

      Bella and DiDi

      P.S.- if you made any s’mores while here camping be sure to leave us some leftovers 🙂

  2. There might be a very good reason that your human has stopped riding – perhaps she is going to have a foal. Be patient and enjoy your surroundings – they sound beautiful. In the meantime I would not recommend straying outside your own pasture – it can be dangerous out there.

  3. Hey Bella and DiDi,

    You guys are broadening your horizons – are you the new Horse Whisperers? 🙂

    Murphy does seems to be struggling, but I love your advice 🙂 I’m lucky that I get to go running every morning – but any other time I feel the need to run I just focus on a Bird or a Squirrel and chase it in the garden – that seems to help me 🙂

    Have fun Murphy,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy!

      That is great that you go running every morning! Can you take Murphy along? 🙂

      We hope he gets to run more. We’re not not the horse whispers but any species is welcome to ask for advice.

      Have a good day!

      Bella and DiDi

  4. Bella and Didi Glad to see you trying your turning your’paw’ to horses! It sounds like the horse is being wasted, hopefully the owner can find a person who would just love to ride her horse. I hope so. Fondly Julia

Talk to us! We're listening.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s