Running The Fence

b running1From the moment they first touched noses Butler and Princess have been inseparable.  This strong bond is often admired by those who see it.  However, when it’s necessary to separate them for training, riding, care, etc., this bond can create a lot of drama.

A few days ago I left Butler in the arena while Princess and I moved to another area to do some work.  Butler began running the fence as soon as he realized she was going somewhere and he wasn’t.  He gave himself a good workout racing around the arena.  After several laps he tired and settled down.   As his heavy breathing from all that expended energy began to return to normal he kept a watchful eye on us.

When Princess and I finished working together I took off her halter and let her freely roam around the property.  Her first stop was at the arena gate to undo the latch and let Butler out.  (For those of you who don’t know, Princess is quite adept at figuring out any latch or lock!)  She confidently flipped the latch, unlocked the gate, and then walked away.

As she walked away Butler began running back and forth calling for her, even though he’d watched her unlock the gate.  In his state of mind he didn’t realize that all he had to do was push the gate open and be free too.   Instead, he kept this frantic pace up for nearly five minutes before he calmed enough to stand in front of the gate.  Reaching out with his nose to nudge the gate it easily swung open, and he quickly trotted out and the drama was over.

  • Where might there be circumstances in your life that you’re too caught up in to see the available options or opportunities?  
  • How can you slow down or take a step back and see things differently?
  • Where might you be looking directly at the answer and not seeing it? 

    S-L-O-W D-O-W-N and see what is truly there.  I mean really SEE what is there, not what your mind thinks is there.  It wasn’t until Butler slowed down and clearly looked at the gate that he saw that it was waiting for him to open it.  With anxiety and feeling restricted controlling Butler, his mind continued to assume the gate was locked.

  • How can Butler’s experience be applied in your life?

The next time you’re feeling anxious, limited, confined, or controlled, remember to slow down, step back, and really take a look at what’s going on.  You’re likely to find there’s a gate unlocked just waiting for you to nudge open, take your power back and change your experience.

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  1. Very nice article Diana – and the pictures are truly beautiful!   It's comforting to know I'm not the only one who sees this behaviour in myself….amazing isn't it how the horse and human adopt and reflect similar emotions and behaviors.   It's the year of the horse…..galloping toward goals….great methphor….thankful!

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