Wednesday, October 19, 2011

One of Life's Great Philosophers

'No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.'
Driving along one of our country  roads yesterday, I saw some horses in the trees for the first time on a property and pulled over.  The farm could be way back as no buildings were in sight. 
I grabbed the point and shoot out of my purse and went to the fence to have a better look.
Like most young girls, I loved horses and fulfilled my dream of riding at one of local farms while growing up.
A little shy at first, the white horse headed my way in hopes of a kind rub or treat.
Not having any apples or carrots to share, I pulled some grass on my side of the fence hoping it would be an acceptable offering.
Yup, the grass is always greener on the other side.
My heart went out to this gal, look at that mane!  And the tails of the horses were entangled with burrs as well.
I think she was self conscious about her state; perhaps the tightening of hair from burrs could even be painful.
There would have been a day when she was young and beautiful with caring hands to comb her flowing mane.
The Horse
Where, in this wide world,
Can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is laced with muscle,
And strength by gentleness confined.
He serves without servility.
He has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful,
Nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick,
Nothing more patient.


  1. They're so pretty, Judith. Horses are amazing creatures. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Beth

  2. How sad these ladies are less kempt ... I so love horses. Great photos.

    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN ~

  3. Oh! Their condition make me so angry! They should be properly groomed and stewarded - they depend on man to do so because they are domesticated. We have a God given responsibility to do so. I hope they come into some tender loving care soon!

  4. Magnificent creatures and these are beauties. I feel badly for their manes and tails! Ouch. Burrs are just nasty little things aren't they?!!

  5. Hello,Judith.
    Horses are beautiful creatures. I feel sad for the badly tightning hair.His eyes look sad. Judith, to see the second photo of its white horse heading your way is warm.Thank you! Have a beautiful day!! Tomoko.

  6. I had to have tears here....what a bright spot in their day you must have been. I am such a sucker for horses...well all animals really.

  7. I hope someone has since taken the horses to the barn and given them some good grooming time. What a sin to see such beautiful creatures in such a mess.

  8. I agree with Kathryn, taking care of animals is a great responsibility - not to be taken lightly. I am sure they were very glad of your visit and taking a moment to spend time with them.
    You're a blessing!

  9. Hi Judith,
    I went through a horse loving phase in my teens also and owned one for awhile.
    I was taking some pics of horses yesterday too but happily no burrs on their manes.
    Thank you for your visit- no I am not taking a photography course but I have joined the photo club and find it very interesting.We meet once a month.

    Take care,

  10. Hi Judith~
    I was like you growing up dreaming of owning and riding a horse. Never got one until we bought them for our children. I tried riding a time or two and was more scared than I thought I would be. They are so strong, so muscular and so high off the ground! Lol
    I feel for that poor horse. It's so sad that someone does not care for that beautiful horse better. It's mane will have to be cut off as there is no way to get all those burs out. Poor baby.

  11. I wonder if anyone has cared for their tails and manes since you took these photos.

  12. They are so beautiful. I'm going to save one of the pictures and use on my computer screen (I hope you don't mind).

  13. Oh Judith how lovely! I too love horses and use to ride up until a few years ago. I have found myself stopping on the side of the road just to admire them. Beautiful photographs!

  14. What a lucky bonus that you had your camera in your purse, Judith. I just bought a sm. one for mine, just because there are many times just like this one, where you just have to stop & snap.

    Isn't there someone you could contact about the condition of these animals? Local vet? Animal Protective League? City's animal control? None of them were very helpful to us with our skunk issue, but perhaps yours would act compassionately towards the horses. Such beautiful creatures!

    My sweet Caroline wants on in the worst way & BEGS to take riding lessons weekly. I can't sign her up without her parents permission & her Mom is afraid she'll get hurt. :-(


    p.s. Yes, I think I'll make my computer off limits to the kidlets from now on.

  15. They are beautiful horses. I think the one needs some extra loving and someone to brush the pretty mane. Judith, wonderful photos. Have a great week!


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