Welcoming New Horses to the Herd

equine photos, Native American

June 13, 2018



One day at a time – this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering. Happiness is a journey, just as life is. Enjoy the ride.

–Ida Scott Taylor

I am often asked why I spend so much time with these magical Nokota® horses and what makes them so different from all the horses that are out in pastures around us. The answer is simple…They’re untouched…unbroken. Their lineage and history are incredibly special to me. They are the descendants of Sitting Bull’s horses and they once lived among the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux people and fought alongside them when the white man came to take their lands and forced them onto reservations where they were treated horribly and fed rancid food and left to die. These horses have a rawness or an edge to them that you simply don’t find with other horses. When they connect with you, it’s real and it’s because they choose to connect with you – they’re not acting submissively.

When you are with them, you must let go of all the voices and thoughts that run through your mind and cloud your ability to connect with another. They can read your body language and they know if you are stressed out or relaxed and they will respond accordingly. They are a wonderful reminder of the importance to live our lives in the present day – not the past or the future. Life certainly has it’s good and bad but what’s really important is right now…this moment, today. Make it beautiful and make it worth remembering. Enjoy the ride!

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