Cure #1: Hug a Mini-Donkey
My roommate and I have long suspected that all of life's troubles would melt away simply by hugging a mini donkey. I field tested this theory, and it turns out to be true. The particular mini donkey I'm hugging in this photo is named Jelly Bean, and Puzzles is behind her. I love them. Puzzles is the precocious one, so she trots up to you first. But Jelly Bean is the snuggler. (Also, before agreeing to let me publish this photo, J.B. insisted that I let you know that her belly isn't that big. It's just her winter coat, she says. And while we're on the subject, I've got several winter layers on myself. Not that I couldn't stand to shed some holiday cheer. Ahem.) So my suggestion to you, if you find yourself in the midst of one of those horrible life events that leaves you grasping at straws and staring up at the sky in disbelief: Find a mini-donkey. Bribe it with food. And then squeeze it.
Cure #2: Encourage a Two-Year-Old's Pony Love
This is my niece, Ella. She is starting to love ponies, which, I assure you, I've had nothing to do with. I swear, she developed the
Cure #3: Go Look at Your Horse.
Yeah I know this sounds like an obvious choice. But sometimes we get so caught up in the training, the program, the diet, the supplements, the tack, the gear, the yadda yadda yadda.... that we forget to stop and look at our horses. I did this the other night, just stepped back and took him in, and fell all back in love again. I looked at this gorgeous athlete and thought about how lucky I am to have him, and forgot for a minute about ruining him or improving his canter or wondering if we'll ever show in the High A/O's and I just remembered that at the end of the day, no matter what, I still acheived the dream I always had as a pony-crazed little girl. And then I realized he was looking right back at me with that goofy lovesick look on his face too. There is something about the singular way that a horse who loves you looks you right in the eye that can't even be put into words. So... there you have it. Tried and True Cure #3, go look at your horse.
Stay tuned tomorrow for a really good Friday Funny.