by Julie Blase
Sometimes I talk with my Mum, who was born in 1929, about her childhood. One of my favourite stories is how she would sit on her front fence sometimes for hours, with a ‘bag’ hoping that one of the vendors’ horses would drop some bounty out the front of her house. She would leap from her vantage point and collect a 100% profit for her trouble.
Another story came from Grandma Cherry, whose husband was a Lighthorseman in the Great War. On a visit to our home she insisted I take her out to meet my mares and the closer she got, the taller she stood as she reminisced about her favourite childhood pony.
Many of this great generation grew up with horses all around them as transport, carthorses, farmworkers and of course military mounts. I often wonder if these folk who grew up cherishing their company, breathing in their earthy aroma on a daily basis, and witnessing first-hand their nobility, ever miss their presence.
I have had the privilege of taking one of my mini equines into a retirement facility and witnessed eyes light up as the residents reconnect with their memories through the familiarity of the pony.
The new reality is that horses are tucked away from the mainstream of day to day life. But at HerdTheory, we are bringing them back where they can contribute to the wellbeing of our communities again. People of all ages can come into contact with the raw beauty of the horse again.
So, whether the horse stirs up fond nostalgia for you, or you are yet to lay your hand on one of these gentle souls, the opportunity is now right here in Logan West. Herd Theory has quiet, safe horses and you are invited to experience them afresh.
To arrange a personal or group session you can email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julie on 0428883940.