Our animals teach us so much. With the closing of the year and in light of the millennia, we wanted to share Geronimo’s message: little steps are good, until we are ready to take the big ones. This is a significant life lesson for me, and for others I imagine, because we often don’t want to move until we can leap real big. Looking back on all Geronimo’s little steps has helped us understand the remarkable progress that can be made, one baby step at a time. To help you understand the place where this pony was coming from, think of something that brings so much discomfort and fear into your heart that you feel as if you want to jump out of your own skin and run away. This is how Geronimo felt with every human touch, loud noise or fast movement when he arrived on The Farm on June 10. Today, his entire body can be touched and he loves going on our walks around the grounds. The fast movement and loud noises still concern him sometimes, but instead of wanting to bolt he looks to us for comfort. He trusts us as much as he trusts himself. On a daily basis, Geronimo reminds us of the importance of releasing fear and self-doubt, to stay measured and take little steps until we can step bigger and to trust in those around us and in Spirit. And to realize that this kind of work is difficult, so be proud of the progress we are making, he definitely is. Just look at that big-bold-open-hearted stride of his now! Indeed, his heart is running free. Go ahead, follow in his footsteps, we are!!! :)))
In the fall of 2011, Mike and I moved to a small farm in Central Illinois where we immediately found ourselves rescuing horses. The rescue was not part of our original plan, but we felt the calling while doing a search for a pair of ponies we did plan on caring for on the farm. Since childhood, my entire extended family and I have been horse owners. Mike and I wanted to continue this tradition. Upon searching the internet for a pair of ponies, we were overwhelmed with the number of horses that needed a rescue and/or a home.