Along the Dusty Trail

I found this poem on a friends page and thought it might touch a few of you. I hope you enjoy.

Along the Dusty Trail

This old horse, the Rancher said,
she’s seen some better days,
she’s eating up my profits,
and costs a lot for hay.

Another horse would suit me,
a stronger one at that,
shes seen a lot of miles
just like my cowboy hat.

This old horse, the Rancher said,
she helped me herd my steer,
I’m pretty sure shes magic,
I know I hold her dear.

Another horse would suit me,
one that can run fast,
maybe one that’s younger,
or maybe one that lasts.

This old horse, the Rancher said,
she’s long and far in tooth,
my children do remember,
her fondly from their youth.

Another horse would suit me,
a gelding in his prime,
one that needs less fixin’,
that helps me save a dime.

Why, they asked, then keep her?
why not trade her now?
bring her to an auction?
replace her with a cow?

The Rancher’s brow grew heavy,
he took a staggered step,
his eyes did show his hardships,
in wrinkles, as they crept.

His breath, he took in deeply,
as he poised to say his words,
it’s as if the earth grew silent,
that his message should be heard.

This old horse, the Rancher said,
has given me her life,
I wouldn’t trade for anything,
nor either, would my wife.

Another horse would suit me,
and perhaps someday will come,
but this old gal, I love her,
she is the chosen one.

This old horse, the Rancher said,
her service she did lend,
her and I, have seen the years,
this old horse, she is my friend.

Another horse would suit me well,
but her home is here to keep,
I owe her sanctuary,
my love for her is deep.

Another horse would suit me well,
and younger days for me,
and I will keep my promise,
until our last breaths, set us free.”


 

I sure hope you are getting ready for the Holiday season: Country style anyway.

Be the envy of your horse loving friends.

I have also been saving DIY Horse craft ideas on Pinterest that is fun and always being updated.

Come for a visit and let your imagination go.

I also have a board for Horse shoe nails and Barbed wire ideas. Some are so amazing. Lots and lots of ideas to take your passion to new heights.

I hope you join me as you get ready for the Holidays.

Have a Happy Holiday season.

Just WHINNNNNY and enjoy the ride!

Daily Oats: Livin for the whinny

Whinny’s

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DIY Christmas horse crafts: a horse lovers dream

Almost every horse lover I know is pretty crafty.

With the Holiday season coming up fast, I thought you might like this YouTube video on how to make this Christmas horse reef yourself.

Christmas horse reef:  How fun and it is way too adorable.
Christmas horse reef from Roberta at Knot-a-Tail

Be the envy of your horse loving friends.

I have also been saving DIY Horse craft ideas on Pinterest that is fun and always being updated.

Come for a visit and let your imagination go.

I also have a board for Horse shoe nails and Barbed wire ideas.  Some are so amazing.  Lots and lots of ideas to take your passion to new heights.

I hope you join me as you get ready for the Holidays.

Have a Happy Holiday season.

Just WHINNNNNY and enjoy the ride!

Daily Oats: Livin for the whinny

Whinny’s

If you are looking for a way to keep your connection forever, why not try one of Knot-a-Tail’s horse hair bracelets.

Knot-a-Tail  has a very large selection.
Horse lovers horsehair bracelets by Roberta at Knot-a-Tail

Knot-a-Tail’s horse hair bracelets make a great Christmas gift for any horse lover.
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For even more wonderful whinny’,

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For The First Time Shared by: Andi Harmon.

FOR THE FIRST TIME

Yesterday, for the first time, I was too tired to ride
Yesterday, for the first time, I was afraid I would be hurt if I was thrown
Yesterday, for the first time, I heard someone say my barn was too shabby
Yesterday, for the first time, I let someone tell me I was too pudgy to ride
Yesterday, for the first time, I realized I was old
Yesterday, for the first time, I had to face that I could no longer keep up
Yesterday, for the first time, I had to let go of my dreams
Yesterday, for the first time, I felt my heart break
Yesterday, for the first time, I turned my back on my friend
Yesterday, for the first time, I knew I was done

Today, for the last time, I felt warm, braided leather in my hands.
Today, for the last time, I ran my stirrups up so they wouldn’t bang my mare’s sides
Today, for the last time, I released the buckles on the girth and watched my girl sigh
Today, for the last time, I slowly dropped the bit so it wouldn’t hit her teeth
Today, for the last time, I gave my mare a cookie to thank her for the ride
Today, for the last time, I buried my head in her soft, warm neck
Today, for the last time, I inhaled the sun and the dust in her long winter coat
Today, for the last time, I closed the gate and trudged to the muddy porch
Today, for the last time, I tracked hay and horse hair into my house
Today, for the last time, I pulled off my boots and felt the sting of warm blood returning to my cold toes
Today, for the first time, I cried after my ride
Today, for the first time, I felt my hands shake as I set the saddle on its rack
Today, for the first time, I hugged my young trainer a final goodbye
Today, for the first time, I waited for the new owner’s trailer to arrive
Today, for the first time, I set my boots in a box to go to the Goodwill
Today, for the first time, I sighed at the wear on my riding gloves
Today, for the first time, I had no hay in my hair
Today, for the first time, I did not hear nickering when I opened my back door
Today, for the first time, I felt worse leaving the barn that I did when I entered
Today, for the first time, I had no one to check on before going to bed

Tomorrow, for the first time, I won’t have to buy hay
Tomorrow, for the first time, I can stay in bed longer
Tomorrow, for the first time, I won’t see the poop pile grow
Tomorrow, for the first time, I won’t be able to fly on four legs
Tomorrow, for the first time, I will be sorry I listened
Tomorrow, for the first time, I will regret letting her go
Tomorrow, for the first time, I will be angry at God
Tomorrow, for the first time, I will be angry at myself
Tomorrow, for the first time, I will cry the day away
Tomorrow, for the first time, I will be glad to die

Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will awaken in tears
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will know I was wrong
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will defy all the judgment
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will ignore my old bones
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will return the buyer’s check
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will bring my friend home
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will take my boots out of the box
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will be reborn

For the rest of my life, I will have a horse in my yard
For the rest of my life, I will ignore the cruel judging
For the rest of my life, I will watch the poop pile grow
For the rest of my life, I will have hay in my hair
For the rest of my life, I will track mud in my house
For the rest of my life, I will bury my face in her soft neck
For the rest of my life, I will let my soul fly

For the rest of my life, I will never be alone

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS
OPTIONAL.

We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.

Just WHINNNNNY and enjoy the ride!

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Whinny’s

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Barn sweetness

I do not want to find myself only happy when I am out in the barn.  Everything in the barn makes me happy, every the crap.  But just a few steps back outside and I can quickly be a goner.

In my life, I want more.  I want  more of  what truly  matters.  Along the way, someone gave to me a gratitude rock .  You might have heard of them.  Just a rock that you stick in your pocket.  Then every time you put your hand in your pocket, you count some of the blessings in your life.  It allows the word gratitude to sink into our minds and souls.

At my worst moments, shortly after  my husband died, I had to make a list and kept it on the frig. I would read it every time I opened the refrigerator door.  Here is a sad fact, but so true of many of us:  I learned more about gratitude for my life, after my husbands death  than every before.

I no longer want to wait till after some tragic event  occurs in my life to show those around me the blessing they are to me.  I want to offer than whenever they are around me the Symphony of the “Dancing with Horses:  a symphony for life.  I want to make sure that they know how much they  HAVE captured my soul: that deep contentment as if I was in the barn just brushing my horse and my soul is completely  satisfied.

For today, I will share the music “Dancing with horses”  and the peace that lives within their unconditional love, not only with the horses but with all those that cross my path.

I will “be the Gratitude “to  all the Whinnies that capture my heart.

Remember always, be the Whinny and greet the world like your horse greets you, with unconditional love to all the two legged creatures in your life as much as the 4 legged ones.

Sending extra whinnies your way.

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

Just WHINNNNNNING out loud as much as possible!

Daily Oats: Livin for the whinny

Whinny’s
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Check this out. Great find for any horse lover

Every week I get a new horse photo, and they are always very nice.
  The horse photos are just fun to find in my mail box.  Enjoy!!
Hope all is off to a great start for the Holiday season.
Whinnys Roberta

Photo for December 12, 2014

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ~ Edith Stilwell

   Well there is no denying it, winter is here! It has been snowing all week here and it is white and beautiful outside…
Please visit my Gallery of winter images, use the password wintergallery. If any of my Northeast friends would like to ride or model in the snow for me, please get on touch, I’m game if you are!

Have a great weekend and stay warm!


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Winter’s Dream

What is your winter’s dream?  Is it something left over from this summer?

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. So when you ride,  make sure you take your “dream your own impossible” with you on the ride.
Faith will allow our inner  spirit to lift us and only then is no obstacle is too great to overcome.
I am a Cowgirl, and I can fly without wings I just climb on my favorite steed and I close my eyes, for I know that it is within my horse’s heart,  I have found the greatest love there has ever been.

Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do.  You do not need courage to overcome your fear, you just need something more important, that for all horseman is where your deep love for your own passions comes alive, to overcome and believe in  all that you dream. But first you must dream, then the fear will just disappear   Be inspired with the beauty of the love of a horse and the greatness of your own heart.

To accomplish great things you must first believe and next  dream and dream big.    Just wondering what you are believing in today???

Remember always be the whinny, at greet everyone like your horse greets you!
Whinny’s

Roberta  CEO   Knot-a-tail .com

It is time for Knot-a-Tail 4th annual Boo Horse Halloween Photo contest.

Make sure you check out all the new entries.  Ends 10/31/212 at midnight.

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Pony Secrets

My favorite saying:  “You do not have to overcome fear: you just need something more important.”  I believe that to be the horse.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

What is it that you can not do?  How long have you held that fear in your heart?  How many evenings have you spent in the barn with tears in your eyes, telling the one that would always keep your secret?
I too have told those secrets only to my four legged friends.
You might not believe this, but mine is getting to close to people and I have endless conversations with my horse.: sometimes with tears.
The horse never tells, just understands.

But here is the thing, any fear keeps us away for love. I keeps us separated from who we really are.
I think I will find a human to spend part of the day with today. What do I have to lose and just maybe, I will find a new soul to connect to.  An Idea to share, a love to find, a fellow horse nut to share stories with and perhaps a deep, life long horse lovers connection.

Now,  tell me What’s yours secret fear?   Today, be inspired and tell your fear, face it down and stomp on it.

Love your daily oats Roberta
For today, Whinny with as much Bliss as you can release from your heart. That’s it, let it go, deep from within your soul. No matter what is going on with your life, a few moments connect to your horse and your day will change.

Ready to change your life and really start “Livin “ the Whinny!

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

Just be the WHINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNY!!

Daily Oats: Livin for the whinny

Whinny’s
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The Equine Bliss

Sometimes, I just get in the mood to tell horse stories.  I have a life time full.   Story after story filled with tears, pain, dreams, hope, failures  and once in a while filled with fame and maybe, just maybe a little glory.   But here is the thing,  just like you, good or bad,  every story  is overflowing with love.

I know for a fact that you have experienced this as well, you meet someone and they tell you of a horse they had when they were young, or perhaps some great adventure that they went on at one time with a horse, or one great ride.  Their words speak of a great adventure, but their voice and their eyes tell another.  I can tell, within a few words if they found the Bliss of life, the life’s love or they just went for a ride.

Now, there is nothing wrong with just going for a ride, but to love, to connect, to bond, as you well know,   instantly creates a life worth living.

Imagine, Every time you  place your  hands about a horse head and they allow you  to become part of the  their world  as you gently  touch your  fingers to their powerful cheeks, and a thousand pounds of living nobility and beauty melts into your  hands, how honored do you feel.   In that moment, you know they allowed you to  touch their very soul.

And for a moment, your the world stops, and hovers in the very aspect of what every human lives for: Love!

Without every meeting you, I know our worlds have touched as we  bring their world into ours as much as possible.

I bet you too, have horse pictures throughout your  house, statues,  ribbons ect, ect, ect.  Every item a small tale of your world and life’s story.    I have been told by a college roommate, that I was totally off the deep end, because every extra minute was spent with my horses.  To me, it just seemed like what I was supposed to do.  Sometimes, a few of us are lucky enough, to no longer even separate the two worlds.  If fact, they can not be separated when such a bond becomes a way of life.

Perhaps, every true horseman is somewhat  little crazy, but here is the thing, at least in this lifetime, you  know where your Bliss is.  You  know where  your heart was meant to be.  To hell with the rest.

You  are so lucky.  Sometimes, I ask myself, why I do what I do, as far as Knot-a-Tail is concerned, but then my heart answers. Just like you,  I just could not and would  not have it any other way.

A horse  allows  you  to feel connected.  They allow you to  feel  loved.   Two very hard things to find in this world sometimes.

To love, to live for the beauty and heart of another is rare, even when that love is for a heart of your horse.  I just wanted to congratulate you on a job well done.

So for today, just go to the barn, and enjoy.  No worries, no regrets, no fears,  just love.  Just enjoy for few will every get the change to experience the depth of another heart the way you  get to connect to the love of a horse.

For today, Whinny with as much Bliss as you can release from your heart. That’s it, let it go, deep from within your soul.  No matter what is going on with your life, a few moments connect to your horse and your day will change.

Ready to change your life and really start “Livin “ the Whinny!

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

Just be the WHINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNY!!

Daily Oats: Livin for the whinny

Whinny’s
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Horses are the language of the soul

I beleive a horse speaks directly into our soul, instantly bypassing, beyond the everyday suffering and pain of human endurance, and migrate directly into our beating hearts.

We, horse lovers, both feeling that wisdom and holding it close, perceive their beauty, their trust, their unconditional love as on of our greatest life’s treasures.

Within a horse’s open hearts, we allow ourselves to gather the love we have stuffed beneath the surface, all the passion of our unfulfilled dreams and all of our “so called” forbidden emotions to finally allow them to surface.

Bringing forth, what we have always had within us, the ability to offer love with nothing in return but finding more than we ever expected, especially from within ourselves, to experience within a lifetime.

We have the greatness for the EXPANSION of our hearts and soul into the purest  love mankind can offer, UNCONDITIONAL, and all captured with a horse’s heart.

It becomes the language of the horse lover’s soul and the hoof beats on their heart.

Published in: on August 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm  Comments (1)  
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The #1 rule that I learned from John Lyons

I love reading all of John Lyons books, magazines and articles.

I think horse training started to take on new meaning with his gentling methods. Backyard horse man took on training and got results that they never dreamed was possible.

One of the greatest thing that I learned was where his nose goes, the rest follows. Easy enough, but when you first start to learn about John’s theories you have to keep reminding yourselves about which end you want to get moving.

I love to work with a horse when they first start learning to watch the handler. You can see that they are thinking, they start to get very active in their responses. I ofter wonder if they are having as much fun as I am. This theory about where ever their nose goes, the body will follow is the very thing I need in my own life.

Let me explain.

I got up late, rushed, worried about not getting everything done, got a little cussy while  all morning as things were not at all going my way.   The day started with handling a few customer complaints,  a wrong order, I even got the wrong coffee order at Starbucks, what could be worse than that.   It seemed like a million little things were on my shoulders and none of them would come off.   As John Wayne would say, I was burning daylight and a  lot of it without  getting any thing done. Meanwhile, after heading for the post office,  I need just a few items from the store, so I thought I would stop to pick them up.

That should take me only a few minutes and I would be back on the road. I had a pile on my desk that really needed me but I certainly thought I had time to stop at WalMart.

Of course, at that moment,  the only parking spot was out across the back forty.  I hurried up grabbed a cart, I  picked up a few grocers,  moaned about the things that I couldn’t find  on my list,  and at the last moment, I picked up some of their flavored water that has Zero sugar, zero calories, zero everything and in record time, I was  headed for the self service check out.

Nothing would scan, in fact the water wouldn’t register at all.  I was about to leave everything at the check out and leave when an older customer service gal saw me having  problems and came over to assist me.   She tried over and over again to get the bottles of water to scan, but nothing.  Finally she said, ” I got this” and  she started  to input all those UPC in my hand.  So there I stood, frustrated, because I had bought these many times before and they were in their system, but not now. How can they just disappear?

I am at this check-out for about 25 minutes now.

The  lady gets all done and only one of them comes up on my slip.  She had done  the rest wrong.
She closes out my order and takes me, my cart and all my items up  to her register  and starts again. I am continually telling her that it is alright, lets just forget about it an I will be on my way.

“No, No she says, we will get this taken care of.”

Minutes pass, and more and more and more and more’ and my frustration builds and builds and builds and at this point, I am not nice any more.

Forty-five minutes into this checkout for eight bottles of water, when  I hear a little voice in side of me say “where the nose goes, the body will follow.”

At that moment I realize that I had  forgot the basic of who I am. I know, with out a doubt that I am the creator of my day, my world, my life. What is in my world, I put there. It is the Law of Attraction at its finest. After all it is the law and it treats everyone the same.  Good or bad, frustrated or not, I put it there. “Where my mind goes, my day will follow.”

My hurry-up, getting a little pissy,  frustrated, what is wrong with you and your store, everything is going wrong attitude in my thinking was creating just that and just to keep granting my wishes, it keep giving me more to be frustrated about. I let me nose go in so the wrong direction. In an instant I thanked the lady for all hard work and her thoughtfulness. I told her that I appreciated her determination to make sure that I had all the items that I needed. I apologized for my short temper. I shear, within seconds that I was all done and checked out.

I headed for the back forty where my care was parked, and with every step I found gratitude for the extra exercise. When I got to the car, I put my groceries in the front seat along side of me and I just sat there until I know that I had completely changed my attitude. The entire time, I heard John Lyons keep saying, Where that nose goes, the body will follow.

I had let me thoughts get negative, and without even realizing it, I had turned into one of those people at the check out that you don’t like to talk to because they about to complain about every thing. My Nose was really way out of line.

So here is a round pen reminder, Keep your nose going in the right direction of your life goals.   Keep your thoughts focused on the life you want to create and everything will just fall in line.

And keep reminding yourself  WHERE THE NOSE GOES, THE BODY WILL FOLLOW.
Ready to change your life and “Live “ the Whinny!

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

Let it all go and just be the WHINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNY!!

Daily Oats: Food for the Horse lover’s soul

Love Roberta

Roberta Edstrom
CEO
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Your horse changed your life, and you can help change the life of another, together united by the love of a horse.

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