It was a beautifully sunny March day today. I had taken Harley for a little walk, to try to help him re-establish connection with his hind feet and regain some muscle. He has had a mysterious injury or condition that has caused him to lose a little bit of the communication between his brain and his hind feet. We went for a very pleasant walk, and I put him back in his little area and went to open the gate so that he could walk around the outdoor arena. As I was doing this, Sunshine, who had been down for a nap, had gotten up and came over and stood by the fence right next to me. I took this as an invitation. I went back, got my halter rope and went into his field. Previously, what could have happened was Sunshine had lost interest, and drifted off somewhere else most likely to the hay bale. This was not the case today. He came right up to me where I was standing inside the gate.
I haltered him with no biting incident, and went out through the gate and headed into the outdoor arena. As I was walking with him, it struck me that although I was watching him, I wasn’t preparing myself for him to leave. And I wondered if maybe I subconsciously brace at times waiting for that to happen. Something to investigate internally. For now, focusing on the horse I have with me in this moment.
I walked with Sunshine into the round pen. I took his halter off, and there was no biting at all. I had him circle the pen at a walk in each direction and then asked him to trot. I became aware that there was a big bird up in the sky above us. It is very common to see turkey vultures so I kind of thought that’s what it was. After it stayed for a little while, I looked up and couldn’t believe my eyes. The bird was huge! It was black, with a white head and white at the end of it’s tail. It was a bald eagle!! I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to see one flying free. And here it was. I can’t help but think that it was a sign that we really and truly are on the right path.
I grabbed my phone to see if I could get a picture. It was really hard to do that, and I was getting assistance from Sunshine. He did not want me to forget that he was there, of course. It was a fabulous moment. After I got my picture, I went back and gave my red horse my full attention. He continued on with the releasing similar to he had in the arena the last couple of times. As he was doing this, Sammy (our therapy cat) decided that he must be up on my shoulders. He got up and down a couple times during this whole process. I had been told that the purring of cats can be very healing, so I didn’t chase him away.
It also created a different element of keeping me warm. And I stood as Sunshine kept me on his right side and went through some releases. As he was standing there with his eyes half-shut, and his lips and muscles twitching, I also noticed that his breathing had quickened. I wouldn’t really call it panting, but it was a definite shift and more intense. After some time where he put me both off at an angle to his right hind leg, and then up by his right shoulder, he came and stood with his muzzle about 6 inches from me. I watched, and breathed deep and tried not to let myself brace, just observe. Then, I was still holding the halter rope, and he put his teeth towards it. Instead of moving it out of the way, I let him take a hold of it. I think he needed to do this, because he then let it go and started licking chewing and yawning. Then he stood with his muzzle about two inches away from me lowered his head and went back into that sleepy, processing state once more.
I didn’t mention that immediately after I took the picture of the eagle, I posted it on facebook. Having my phone with me as well as posting on facebook are both things that happen rarely while I am working with horses. Rarely like as in never. There are no coincidences, right? I am very glad that I did, because I got a wonderful comment from Liz about the significance of the eagle. This is what it read: When an eagle appears, you are on notice to be courageous and stretch your limits. Do not accept the status quo, but rather reach higher and become more than you believe you are capable of. Look at things from a new, higher perspective. Be patient with the present; know that the future holds possibilities that you may not yet be able to see. You are about to take flight.
To reiterate my last post….yes, I will continue to listen!