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Believe in yourself. Believe in others who believe in you.

RSE is pleased to revisit an article first published here on 4 December 2018. You’re in a riding lesson and your instructor asks what seems like the impossible. It is, to your mind, beyond what you’re capable of; it’s new, unchartered territory that you’ve never breached before; it’s just too much to even consider. You’re apprehensive. You’re prepared to fail. You remind yourself that you’ve failed before, but that even in failure there was progress. Even just the attempt made you a better rider. Deep breath. You’ve got to try it.  Now the unexpected happens: You succeed.... Your heart is ready to burst because you can’t believe it! How did you get so lucky? Your instructor moves on to honing...

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Kylemore Abbey... Pol a Capall (The Place of the Horse)

"Of places to go when the world gets back to a semblance of what it once was..." Sometimes we set off for a place on account of its beauty ... sometimes on account of its history and legends. You might say in the case of Kylemore Abbey in Ireland ... it would be because of both. An Irish Folk Tale has it thus: “There is everything in the sea that is on the land – animals, trees and people; and any year the sea horses came into a certain part of Kerry that is a bad year.” There is a very special place for the horse in human mythology. Indeed, a horse holds a very special place in one of...

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The Gnome: Listening to the Music of the Garden

RSE is pleased to revisit an article first published here on 7 June 2019. “There is always Music amongst the trees in the garden. But our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” Minnie Aumônier “There is always Music amongst the trees in the garden. But our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” These are the words of Minnie Aumônier whose own heart must have been a very quiet one. It is not always easy, however, to have a heart quiet enough to hear the music of the garden.  To help us, we often find in the garden a small little man who resides there, patiently reminding us of Ms. Aumônier’s words. The decorative Garden Gnome, often...

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Stepping into a Dream: Sandra Meyer’s Portrayal of Horse as Symbol

Sometimes it seems we need to circle things before we finally come home to them. You might say that such describes the artistic journey of Sandra Meyer of Atlanta.  Ultimately, she was able to circle round and come home to brush, panel and paint. We are glad that she found her way. In experiencing Sandra Meyer’s artistry, we feel as though we are invited into a room wherein we discover the horse as symbol and artist as dreamer. What is more, we are invited, almost required, to become the dreamer ourselves. One work, one dream, leading inexorably to the next. Take, for example, her work Beauty and Truth. Here, it is as though a majestic grey horse were placed in...

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Secret Shame

Republished with the permission of The Plaid Horse When Stephanie Ray Peters arrived at the Desert International Horse Park in January to show her four horses, she took a seat outside of hunter ring 1. She watched beautiful rounds in the picturesque setting, but instead of enjoying the horse show, Peters found herself overcome with the urge to hide, shielding her face beneath a sun hat. “I felt so uncomfortable, but I couldn’t figure out why,” she tells The Plaid Horse. “I didn’t want to be seen. I’d been through a lot of surgeries in the last two years—including brain surgery and a double mastectomy—due to a hormonal disorder, so my body had changed and I was worried about what...

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