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>> Sunday, March 28, 2010

My dear friend Georgie sent me pictures of beautiful mysterious wild horses. Georgie lives in a remote area of Oregon. In fact I always feel like she has her own forest and her own mountain. Georgie's world is a beautiful world. Anyway, back to my story...rather Georgie's story.

Georgie told me that she'd always heard stories of the wild horses. She'd even heard their whinnies in the distance when the night was at its darkest. But she'd never seen the wild ones. That changed when an unexpected snowstorm hit Georgie's mountain. The snow blanketed the ground as Georgie hiked up, down, and around her forest hills. She knew they were there. She smelled their glorious scent nearby. Like me, Georgie loves horses. Now the wild ones in her woods became her passion.
The snow began to melt. Georgie was out for her usual walk when she heard pawing on the ground. She was caught off guard. The horses startled Georgie and she startled them. They spooked and ran off. But they came back again.

First there was one horse.

And then there were two.

Before they settled down to eat the horses made sure that Georgie kept her distance. They continued to paw at the ground. They snorted with their nostrils flared. The big black Appaloosa shook his head up and down. He
seemed to be trying to get a better look at Georgie. She was patient. Georgie snapped a couple pictures from the distance then she started making little clucking noises.
Georgie's wild ones began to be intrigued by her sounds. She sat and watched. She watched and waited. After Georgie had several meetings with the horses they began to get use to her coming to visit them.

Trust is an amazing thing. So is patience. The photograph above is of the mare that Georgie named Feather. "Her eyes are feathery soft and she has long fluffy eyelashes," Georgie told me.

Georgie went on to tell me that the black Appaloosa is so shy he always keeps his distance. She calls him Snowflake because he looks like he's covered with fresh fallen snow.

"The mare, Feather, is the most brave," Georgie said.

Georgie knows what Winston Churchill knew long ago. "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a person."
Georgie's hand on Feather's face
is gentle and kind. To me, it's more beautiful than the most exquisite piece of art.

Not to get all poetic on you or anything, but I can't help myself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "About the pace of nature: her secret is that she's patient."

Georgie is like a gentle breeze or the spring sunshine. And sometimes she's like rain on a cloudy day. The most beautiful thing about Georgie is that she's always there...just like nature.


Tweedles -- that's me March 28, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

You have painted the most beautiful words that can be felt deep in my heart.
I have a suspicion, that you can feel "their spirit".


Jan Mader March 28, 2010 at 10:45 PM  

Oh yes I can. Your photos pulled the words right out of my heart and mind. Your spirit can be felt through your pictures.......

Kas March 29, 2010 at 4:06 AM  

Oh Jan what a special story. Just lovely.

Unknown March 29, 2010 at 10:07 AM  

What an AWESOME post! The horses sure look like they are eating well. But my heart hurts to think they don't have a nice dry, warm place to go at night.

The Adventures of the LLB Gang March 29, 2010 at 11:13 AM  

There is always something extra special about a close encounter with an animal in the wild!

What a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing it.

BeadedTail March 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM  

What a beautiful story! Makes my heart happy!

CATachresis March 29, 2010 at 4:16 PM  

Awww that's a lovely story and wonderful photos too :>)

Chatty Crone March 31, 2010 at 7:36 AM  

I read Tweedles too and I didn't know her passion for horses! I know her passion for pugs. She seems like a wonderful lady! Glad you wrote about her.


Gail Wilson March 31, 2010 at 4:00 PM  

Jan, a wonderful story with beautiful photos too. There is something so mysterious and beautiful about a horse. They just know who they can trust and especially who they can't. Thanks, Gail

motherof8 April 1, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

Beautiful and magical.

Lillian Robinson April 1, 2010 at 10:53 PM  

I think it is so awesome when a wild kitty lets me touch it... I can't imagine finding a wild herd! I wonder if they were born wild or thrown away.

There is a place near Hazard KY that is filled with horses that people turned loose when the drought hit and there wasn't enough hay. Prices shot up and people couldn't afford to keep them.

Loved the story and the pics. Awesome!

Archie and Melissa April 2, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

oh what a magical story!
georgie is a very special person!
beautiful post!

Sandy April 5, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

Nice story and pictures, such close ups. You've got a huge space thing between the end of your post and the space where we find the comnments. Think if you go to your post in edit form, and hit delete several times after the end of your post you'll get rid of the space.


bbes tribe April 6, 2010 at 2:54 PM  

That was beautiful. Georgie must be a special person. Thanks for sharing. We had a herd of wild horses run past our cabin once. It was spectacular. Wish I could have gotten pictures.
Ernie,Sasha,Chica's Mom

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