Iota McHippus and his big brother Muon enjoy an equine life perhaps among the more pleasurable for any equine anywhere any time in history. Indeed you can wonder how animal ethologists ever thought animals were incapable of play after joining us for a walk at DogTrot hill:
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One of the truly wonderful traits of horses is their ability to embrace the now-ness of any given moment. On this unusually clement afternoon in late January a young cellist sets up to practice for an equine audience. Iota McHippus, the mini in the yard with him has shown interest in music before so he was the natural choice to join Augustus Post, the musician that day. MuMu caught wind of the goings on and came cantering closer from his roll bale in the barnyard.
Do note how MuMu prefers to stand as close as he can to the music at the gate – having left his buckets of oats hanging on the fence. MuMu is a happy oat eater – this is so small thing for him and speaks volumes about his gifts of being a natural appreciator of the finer things of life.
My horse doesn’t:
- care what others think of him.
- try to call attention to his work.
- give a thought to anything but acting in the moment.
During the next six months to a year I shall endeavor to become more like him. Because he doesn’t make a whole lot of money, my horse, I imagine I won’t either. Yet he somehow always manages to have what he needs. I believe I will too.
My horse is:
- at ease in an uneasy world.
He’s also completely uncowed by modern lifestyles and choices. He doesn’t listen to news. He doesn’t watch television or go to movies. He meditates. He runs, kicks up his heels when the notion strikes him. He doesn’t compare himself to other horses.
Mumu is an expert when it comes to being in the now. When he is walking, he walks. When he’s eating – believe me – he EATS! Whatever he focuses on he gives it his full attention. He’s not a multi-tasker like me, who might be answering email, texting, baking bread, doing laundry and watching television all at the same time. He is quite comfortable to do one thing at a time. Most horses, when they sleep, are quite ready to scramble up and run off should something alarm them. But there are times when Mu gets so comfortable he appears to let go of his prey nature and fall back completely into a zone of total relaxation. And this is out in the open! Not just in his stall where he has four walls to protect him.
I admire his natural ability to be in and of each moment of his life. Like the other day when he spectacularly danced a fifteen minute jog literally at the end of his rope in physical response to some of the cutest baby Holstein calves you ever did see who had moved in across the street as we made our way down our driveway for our evening constitutional. Man, he embodied his concern is a BIG way! And he was beautiful doing so. Ten minutes later when the threat of the mini cows wore off sufficiently, he ambled along without a care in the world at a pace a snail might find comfortable. That’s Mumu for you – in and of the moment.