I'm feeling pretty fortunate that I've found a volunteer opportunity working with 8 horses at a local horse farm.
Each horse has its unique personality, attitudes, and energy. I have only worked with them for about two hours. I've spent that time divided between them so only 10-20 minutes with each one.
There large size means their energy is large as well. I readily gained first impressions and insight into each animal.
My Boss just brought in two wild horses who are only 100 days removed from the wild. Their energy and personalities stunned and surprised me.
The 3 year old Mare, when I was standing in her stall hooking up her feed bag, has amazing energy. Standing there, I could sense her running wild with delight in a forest. Her energy was bigger than her stall.
The 1 year old Male, his energy was not as "defined". I felt an immense open plain while I was near him. Clearly, I had the feeling that these were indeed, wild horses. Their spirits are so large and unbounded. I can't help but wonder how they will handle this huge and dramatic transition to becoming tame. I look forward to observing them and helping if I can.
It is most helpful that they have each other and are from the same herd. It will give them needed connection.
Another horse that intrigued me with her energy is Ar. Ar is part wild pony, if memory serves. She has a very headstrongness to her and requires a firm touch. What is odd about her is that whenever I see her or think of her, I want to call her "Alice".
Her history says her previous owner was male, so I'm not picking up the name from there. Maybe her official name has Alice in it. Or maybe that's just how she wants me to address her.
She's a beautiful, bossy, wonderful horse. I shall call her Alice.