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The quiet magic of a horse barn after feeding time

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Some of us get a great deal of pleasure just observing our horses. They give us an immense joy that is difficult to explain to someone not as fascinated with horses as we are.

If you are a keen observer of the undisturbed beauty of the horse in everyday surroundings, you will easily associate with this story. My intent is to recall those wonderful moments of calm and relaxation that only occur in the presence of contented horses munching their evening meals.

There is a peace and quiet that comes over a barn after all the chores are done, the horses are bedded, and each has food, hay and water. The business of daily activities is done. Now only an occasional movement of a horse can be heard here and there. Mostly the horses are busy eating and foraging.

These times with the horses are magical. Their rhythmic sounds of eating, the fresh smells of barn and hay, the occasional moving of a horse in the stall, a small whinney or sneeze, the blowing out of a breath, the stomp of hoof, the swish of a tail, the sound of teeth tending an itchy spot on the hide – have you ever just listened – really listened - to the enchanted moments in the barn?

Now is the time of each horse. Each has relaxed into his or her private space and each embraces the serenity of the evening. Their slow, rhythmic chewing and grinding of food is carefree contentment. The horses have settled into a feeling of safety, of well being and acceptance. For the writer, it is about everything good, about unconditional love and simple pleasures.

For the observant listener and lover of horses, it is the best time to pull up a chair, kick back and become absorbed into the enjoyment of horses. Take in the smells, the sounds, the obvious gratification of the animals as they go about the simple task of getting their sustenance. Give in to the feelings of love and pure happiness.

Absorb the groundings of the horses. They have settled down, enjoying only the simplest basic pleasure of being safe and sound and fed. They have no cares, no worries about the days to come and no regrets of the past. They have everything they need for the moment and radiate satisfaction.

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