Over the weekend for two days, we watched this horse stand patiently at the gate, head jutting across the metal bar, waiting. His gaze never left the road ahead.
I suspect it was the road his friend walked down.
And now his self-appointed task was to remain vigilant until his friend returned. I don’t know how long this boy kept his vigil, but I have a good guess he stayed put until his pal was led back into the pasture. He certainly remained in place the entire time we spent with the Golden Girls, which thanks to Pepper’s slow eating habits, has stretched into a generous hour. Often more.
Like us, horses have friends.
They form strong attachments, and protest loudly when that bond is interrupted. Like this black beauty, they will stand guard at the point of exit, and wait. And whinny loud desperate calls. And wait some more.
They find comfort and safety in their friendships.
Sometimes they form a small herd, like our Herd of Oldsters. Others are content with one BFF. As we’ve gotten to know the horses living in the pasture, we’ve seen several longstanding friendships.
Honestly, they make me smile.
Humans and horses are social creatures.
We have our own special brand of quirky personalities, desires, and a host of things necessary for our survival.
Right at the top of the list for me are the people who make up my community–friends and family who help me feel safe and nurtured in this sometimes-unpredictable world.
Our peeps matter to us. We need each other.
If I go too long without spending time with someone important to me, I notice.
Something feels “off,” not right with my world, though I may not be able to put my finger on it right away.
Eventually I’ll figure out that I need to connect. Re-connect.
If I’m taking good care of myself, I’ll reach out– make that call, or schedule a time to get together. It’s an important part of what keeps me centered and able to go on about my life.
Eventually this black horse ended his vigil. I didn’t actually see the reunion, but I’m pretty darn sure it happened. His friend was returned to the pasture, putting the axis of one black horse’s world back in place.
Is there someone you might want to call?
Now could be the perfect time.