"In Native ways of knowing...we say that humans have the least experience with how to live and thus the most to learn—we must look to our teachers among the other species for guidance. Their wisdom is apparent in the way that they live. They teach us by example...Plants know how to make food and medicine … Continue reading Quote of the Day 07.30.2021
Photo © 2021 Sasha Hoffman ~ edited with Prisma app Chapter 7 On a Thursday, Jamie contacted me to let me know that Raven had been very agitated, pacing back and forth in her pen. It sounded like something was wrong. I went through the normal checklist that horse owners think of when their horse is … Continue reading Climbing the walls
Photo © 2021 Sasha Hoffman ~ edited with Prisma app Chapter 6 On the Sunday morning after Raven was settled at Tinstar Ranch, my friend Simone and I made the two hour drive up to see her. I didn't know what kind of shape she would be in; Jamie had let me know that her leg … Continue reading Don’t get attached!
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Photo © 2021 Sasha Hoffman ~ edited with Prisma app Chapter 2 - *trigger warning - self harm, alcoholism, depression* Over the next few months after leaving my call center job, I was struggling to find balance in my life. I was 34, unemployed for the first time in my life since I was 16, and … Continue reading A Titan among cats
Photo © 2021 Sasha Hoffman; edited with Prisma app Chapter 1 The year 2017 had been a rough one. I had started a job at a big auto insurance company as a call center rep; the job paid pretty well and was more than I'd ever made before. It carried its own price, though. After … Continue reading Desperate for peace
"Being with horses is about knowing ourselves, whether we want to admit it or not. It's about knowing what we are bringing to the conversation. The horses will share what they sense, and they never lie, cheat or judge. The more clearly we understand ourselves, without judging ourselves, the more simple and clear the horses … Continue reading Quote of the day 07.21.2021
Chapter 5 I texted the feedlot owner again, saying I didn't want to bother him but I was worried about my girl and wanted to get her settled. It had been over a week since he'd quarantined her at the lot. Was she better or worse? "She's actually doing well," he wrote back. I felt … Continue reading I have a feeling she’ll be an adventure
Chapter 4 Raven was in quarantine at the feedlot for two weeks. The admin of the Arabian 300 Club told me when I messaged her that the lot owner wouldn't release a horse with strangles until it's over. I just had to wait. I looked at pictures of Raven and watched her riding video every … Continue reading Did she hear me?
Chapter 3 The night I paid for the feedlot mare and I knew she was mine, I sat on the floor with a notebook and started a list of names. The lot had called her "Arlie", but I didn't think that suited her. There were plenty of synonyms for "black" on my list - Onyx, … Continue reading O, and she is called Blackfyre…for what else could I call her?