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 one of the few equines 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!

Woof,

Bella and DiDi


Alfie the Horse: I try not to panic but always do. How do I let go?

Dear Paws to Talk,

My humans love to take me out on long trail rides in the beautiful area where we live. I enjoy it too.

Recently on a ride, I almost lost my footing as some kind of small animal weaved its way through my four hooves. I got very anxious and started flinging around like a wild buck to get this animal away from me.

Unfortunately, I accidentally threw my mommy off my back during this incident. I felt so guilty.

A week later, I found myself in a similar situation on the trail and panicked. Mommy went flying off my back again. Now, she is mad and afraid to take me on rides. I am so upset but I don’t know how to remain calm when these little animals are messing with my hooves.

How do I get rid of the panic?

-Alfie the Horse

Howl Alfie,

Even though we’re not exactly sure what hooves are, we’re glad you wrote to us. While we try to love and respect all beings (including cats), we must admit we are sick of these little wild animals and their antics.

We have started drinking coffee (French Roast of course) in order to stay awake long enough for an extended day and night patrol. This is necessary to keep them from entering our yard and pillaging our lovely trees and plants.

There is no reasoning with these animals. Bella delivered an effective speech on boundaries to a couple of squirrels recently but they still tried to climb our stone wall. So, you have to find a way to not let them bother you.

For starters, give your mommy a little time to get over being thrown. However, don’t let the idea of trail rides leave her mind. Do you have harness or something you can take in your teeth and shake as a reminder? Maybe you can lean against the horse stable door? Our humans always take us out when we lean against a door.

Once you are out on your ride, expect that someone will mess with your hooves and run under you. If you are prepared for this behavior then there will be no need to panic and toss your mommy to the ground.

If you feel the anxiety building then just trot away. Keep moving and enjoy the scenery along your ride.

Before you know it, these creatures and your panic will be fleeting thoughts on your trail ride.

Let us know if you need some French Roast for an all-night pasture patrol.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ramona the Horse: I actually love my job! My exclusive advice interview with Bella and DiDi.

Howl,

Through our travels on the web and in real life we come across too many beings who are unhappy with their tasks in life. We feel bad that this seems to be a common occurrence.

Each day, we live like there may not be another. We play hard, give and receive love and eat all treats and kibble that come our way.

We wish more beings could do the same. So when a horse with an upbeat attitude contacted us about how much she loves her work, we felt the need to find out how and why.

Below is a recent interview we conducted with Ramona the Horse.

Bella and DiDi: Ramona, thank you so much for introducing yourself to us over the internet.

Ramona: My pleasure.

Bella and DiDi: So, tell us what you do?

Ramona: Well, I live in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. My humans run a small business where under their leadership human guests will take me on rides through the beautiful scenery.

Bella and DiDi:  Why do you like it so much?

Ramona: I like meeting new humans and being outside. Plus, I enjoy being active and using my muscles. I am not one to just graze all day. Also, my best friend and stable mate Rose comes with me on most rides. We chit-chat as we work.

Bella and DiDi: That does sound like a fulfilling job. How did you find this work?

Ramona: Well, I have to admit that it was a bit of luck. My humans got me when I was young and they groomed me for this task. However, I enjoyed it so I made sure they knew that. I wanted to secure my future position.

Not everyone on our ranch does what I do. Some help with chores. Others do volunteer work. There is always an option to find a job you like.

Bella and DiDi: Do you ever have a bad day at work?

Ramona: Of course! Sometimes, if we are doing a tour through a certain part of the desert there are wild animals that rear their heads. I get scared are forget what I am doing. Thankfully, my humans are there to make me feel better but I hate those days.

Bella and DiDi: But you keep working the next day?

Ramona: I do. I would be bored if I only relaxed at the ranch. The horror of the day before usually passes once I am back at work.

Bella and DiDi: What advice can you give to those who don’t like their jobs or are looking for a job that will make them happy?

Ramona: I think the first thing to do is find the beings that you like spending your time with. I love my human and equine family. If you are around friends or family that you enjoy then work will become more fun.

Take some time to sit in a pasture and discover what you really want to do. It will come to you. Then, do everything you can to get it. You might have to use all of your muscles and dig deep.

Bella and DiDi: Ramona thank you so much for speaking to us about your work. If we ever make it out to the desert will you take us on a tour?

Ramona: Absolutely!

Bella and DiDi: Fabulous! We’ll get our cowgirl hats ready.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

Woof,

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.