The last ranch

I found this last night on Facebook and it reminded me that lately I have not felt like a very good friend.

“Someone in your friend’s list is going thru a really tough time, losing a loved one, making a tough decision, having major surgery, starting a new job, losing their job, or just feeling all alone. If you see them today give them a hug and let them know you care. If you don’t see them, stop and think about them for a minute and wish them well.”

Taking a moment just to share a hug, a cup of coffee or a meal is what should be in the heart and soul for all of us.

Lets  say a horse needed help.   I know that everyone who will ever read this, would help in a second.  My question is, should our friends that need help deserve any less.

A few years back, one of our horse neighbors, a man who raised quality Belgians,  walked out to the back forty of his property and never came back.  He left his wife a note saying he could just not deal with life any longer.   Sometimes, life can just be harder for a friend, a neighbor, or another horse lover then we can ever imagine.

It is something about the life of a Cowgirl or Cowboy that says we should  not complain, that someone else always has it worse.

I just  found out that a great friend  recently had lost their ranch.  The couple  worked their entire life for endless hours at a time,  they  raised their family, worked cattle for nearly 50 years, and now everything is gone but a few head of horses.   I feel as if I should have known.

I should have been ready with some extra hugs, a  big smile and a shoulder if she needed one.

This life is simple,  check on your horse, then check on your family and  friends. Most of all,  share a whinny to anybody that needs one,  no matter what.

I do mean no matter what.

Over the years, I  have been  ran over, hurt: a broken leg, a  broken foot, two broken ankles at the same time  and a broken wrist all  from horses.  I have been  bruised, step on and  bit.  In fact. I was pick off the ground when a stallion bit me between the shoulder blades.

I have  had my pants  ripped off my body with blood pouring down  leg as a green horse tried to see if he could unload me on the nearest  fence post.   I have been up-side down and turned backwards, dumped in a river and went for a swim.   I have had a horse run over a skunk and been pissed on a couple of times.  But the truth of the matter is, I never take any  of that  personally.

In fact, most of  horse lovers wear our horse stories as a code of honor and we keep coming back for more.

Here is another fact, most people, who piss you off, our just hurting themselves and sometimes, they just do not know any other way  to express all the heaped up  pain.  Their pile of manure is just too overwhelming to move anymore.

So for today, no matter what,  share  a hug, a smile or a laugh, even if that Cowboy you know says they don’t need one.  Just head for the barn and check on them anyway.

After all, it is the Cowboy way, care for the  entire herd, no matter what.

Most important, remember to  share the whinny.  Besides, with just the herd of horses your own, there is an infinite  supply.
……………………………..Change a life and “Share “ the Whinny!

Greet the world like your horse greets you, as if there is no tomorrow.


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Roberta Edstrom

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Published in: on April 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm  Comments (3)  
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  1. thanks, Roberta for this April 2 story. everything you said is so true. a wonderful story.

    • Thank you for the very nice comments and Thank you for reading Daily Oats. Love the whinny. Roberta

  2. How true this is, and sadly I know we all forget about it from time to time. I’m sharing a whinny or two now.. thanks for the gentle nudge. 🙂

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