Today I had the wonderful opportunity to ride someone’s heart horse.
Do you know what I mean by ‘heart horse’? If you’ve had one, you know. If you haven’t, I hope one finds its way into your heart soon.
A heart horse is the horse that feels like the best part of you. It is as if when you are around this horse, you are totally at ease. The two of you have a very connected dance. You fit. Total confidence. You can do anything together. You are the best of friends.
Well, today I rode someone else’s heart horse…
IT TAKES A WHILE TO FIND YOURS…
Knowing that it takes a while to find your heart horse… riding someone else’s heart horse is interesting.
First, you know it is an honor for someone to let another person ride their very special horse. So, you want to do your best.
Secondly, you know that this person adores this horse, so you want to adore them, too.
It is kinda like meeting the close friend of your close friend. Even though you both love the center friend, the two on the outside often end up cordial and appreciative, but not always tight.
MY THOUGHTS ON RIDING HEART HORSES
I so wanted to have that same connection with this very regal mount as his owner did with him. Truly, he is a magnificent steed. Beautiful and he knows it… which I liked about him. And, he is a very good boy.
But, he is just too big for my little self. I felt like a pony sized kid riding an adult sized horse. When he moved out, his motion was so upright, round and forward, I felt tossed about like a doll. My little legs didn’t make the contact I needed to seat properly. I felt like one of those dog costumes where the jockey flops all around as the dog trots off merrily.
So as much as I appreciated him as a stellar individual, he didn’t fit me.
And I simply had to admit this to my friend.
Me: ‘This is exactly how it is supposed to be. He is YOUR heart horse. He wants YOU to ride him, not me.’
Riding someone’s heart horse is like meeting your friend’s other best friend… the connection is theirs for you to admire, but not necessarily partake.
NATIONAL EQUINE RESOURCE NETWORK (NERN) POSTED THIS ‘HEART HORSE’ VIDEO… and I thought it was perfect for my thoughts today.
As I was formulating my thoughts for this post, in came a video from NERN on exactly this topic, the Heart Horse.
So, I’m adding it here.