Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cures for What Ails You

Several life events lately have sent me completely reeling (don't you hate when that happens), mostly non-horse related although I also had one of those "I'm ruining this horse" crises (probably just a side effect of the other life events), but at any rate, I've found a couple of sure-fire fixes that will, guaranteed, make you feel better.

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 disease addiction attraction all on her own.  This particular rocking horse is only the second one I've purchased for her (along with only a dozen or so assorted stuffed animal ponies and unicorns).  This one is pretty great because she calls him Tucker.  And she pats him on the head and tells him he's a good boy.  I'm teaching her to cluck.  Which mostly just makes her laugh really hard.  I also showed her the WEG Showjumping DVD and to my delight she clapped for the horses (she was in particular a fan of Phillipe Le Jeune's Vigo d'Arsouilles) and yelled "JUMP!" at every fence.  Anyway, this child is a delight... if you have access to one like this, I highly recommend getting her a toy pony.  It will definitely make you feel like at least some parts of the world are warm and fuzzy and covered in sunshine and rainbows.

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.


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    1. Awww...those are wonderful cures! I'm here if you want to talk, or get on an airplane and escape the yuck. I dont have a mini-donkey, but I've got access to many many many wineries and a spotted horse that will most assuredly make you smile (I can show you the spot on him that looks like a goldfish cracker, that's always fun, haha!).

  2. LOL! Mini donkeys always make life better - Billie Jean makes me laugh no matter what, even when she is naughty. Tell JB she is in denial, though - she is MUY GORDA!! As is Billie Jean, perhaps it is a winter mini donkey pseudo hibernation thing? As for the child, she has darn good taste in horses. And as for the final thing, did the same the other night -- just leaned down and hugged the Sainted Mare and tanked every universal power that I was lucky enough to be hers. When I got off I just leaned my head on hers, looked into her gorgeous brown eyes and BREATHED HER IN.

  3. I admit that I have never had the opportunity to try Cure #1 or Cure #3, but I sure can vouch for Cure #2 (well, ok, I haven't encouraged pony love, but I have, um, accidentally caused several children to love the Muppets and puppets in general). Ella is gorgeous, and I can tell from the photo that she is a smart, strong, independent woman, too. Wait till she starts begging YOU for a real pony, auntie. ;-)

  4. I love this post. Jelly Bean and Puzzles, YES Please!!! And agreed, Tucker is uber Ryan R handsome ;)

  5. So cute. I need to find some pony crazed child to ruin.

    There's nothing quite like sitting back and saying, "OMG. I have MY VERY OWN PONY." Even before we ride them, we have achieved the dream.

  6. We should probably extend the sample size of test #1. Just to verify results.

    I'll let you know my findings...


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