|“If you get troubled, go and sit by the river. The flowing water will take your troubles away.”|
|— Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE TRIBES|
Maneuvering our horses along the Blanco River, two of my friends and I marveled at the gnarled roots and shallow gravel bed of the river that we have seen in flood stage at different times in our lives and in its current state, depleted by the long drought that Texas is experiencing. The soil in this area is a calcareous caleche, full of sea shell fossils such as clams and ammonites, huge ancient nautilus type creatures.
We chatted and laughed like girls do when they are having fun and sharing special moments together, talking about our kids and observing the challenges they each are going through, praying for them and for ourselves. Horses are healers and time horseback can stir the deepest innermost feelings that have been pushed down and to the side to be looked at later, if ever…
Looking back at this photo I took on that ride, I see the happy dog, the horse getting a much appreciated drink and the peace surrounding the whole scene with the great and towering Bald Cypress, their roots reaching out and into the banks of the Blanco for a strong and solid hold. But its the thoughts or lack of in the woman’s mind that I can most identify with.
She is completely absorbed in the moment. Watching the water as her horse drinks and waiting for his cue that he has satisfied his thirst and is gathering himself, shifting his weight back onto his hindquarters and reaching to the side with a front foot to make his way back up the edge of the river, safely carrying his rider as he departs.
That moment and all that it entails is why we can heal on a horse. Our thoughts slip away as we engage all of our senses in the moment at hand…