Equine Illustrated Inspiration

“The moment I put my left foot in the stirrup, step up on the horse, and settle into the saddle, I just come alive . . . That is the greatest feeling in the world. It isn’t a feeling of power or superiority or even the anticipation that I’m going to do something; it’s just this general feeling of being in harmony with . . . the whole world! That sounds very high blown, but that’s just the way it is with me, and I believe, with many people. It’s one of God’s privileges . . . it’s God’s gift is what it is!”

-Helen Crabtree as quoted in Living with HorsePower! Personally Empowering Life Lessons Learned from The Horse by Rebekah Ferran Witter

Equine Illustrated Inspiration is a periodic feature on The Backyard Horse Blog. I combine pictures of my backyard horses with inspirational quotes from a variety of sources.

This edition of Equine Illustrated Inspiration is dedicated to my horse, Bear (shown in the photo), who just turned 26. Bear is retired now. But I have MANY fond memories of coming alive as I put my left foot in the stirrup of his saddle. Happy birthday, my dear Bear!

8 thoughts on “Equine Illustrated Inspiration

  1. Happy Birthday, Bear! ๐Ÿ’– And a happy retirement. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful excerpt – I remember that feeling of harmony and happiness well!

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  2. Happy Birthday to sweet Bear! And happy retirement too. That’s how I feel when I get on for my trail rides, enjoying every step with my sweet mare. Have a wonderful day! ~ Diana โค๏ธ๐Ÿด

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    1. Bear is thrilled to have more happy birthday wishes sent his way- thank you. I have not been on a trail ride with one of my own horses in six years. But I totally agree- it is an awesome way to spend time with a horse. Bear and I wish you many happy trails!

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