Monday, March 25, 2013


**unless noted all photos are mine from the 2010 Kentucky Derby and you are most welcome to them**

Many years ago my mother told me the story of the stable pony

me to her:  what's a stable pony?
she to me:  it's a pony that lives along side the wild boisterous high strung horse 
its presence intended to calm 

with only the sight and smell of its stable pony, the crazy horse is able to melt into a state of
casual safe warm comfort

often so much is expected of the performance horse

that it needs a place

to be at peace
it needs a steady presence 

and very often the stable pony must endure the attitude and intense energy 
of the skittish animal...
not an easy task I'd say

but what if your horse is not aggressive or high strung?

what if your duty as the stable pony was to be tethered to a weak horse 
and your job was to help it gain strength by trotting with it
around the ring
around and around and around and around and around and around and around

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to help it become the best it can be and where intense energy has nothing at all to do with the gain

in my young years I would admit that I might like to have considered myself to be the highly active horse

but now today
I realize
that the stable pony is indeed

the strong one

a quiet secure deep rooted strength by which all other horses are measured


Anonymous said...

that was lovely, beautiful,

Marissa said...

Ooo what an interesting story.. I loved it. Thanks for sharing.

Annmarie Pipa said...

I have way too many highly active horses under my roof!

NanaDiana said...

Great story. The images are just wonderful, too- xo Diana

TSL said...

What a beautiful line, "...a quiet secure deep rooted strength by which all other horses are measured."

Maureen said...

You know, I'm pretty comfortable with becoming the stable pony. It may not have all the excitement and accolades, but it isn't apt to break a leg either.

Lynford Rozario said...

Thanks for sharing..:)

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Heather - New House New HOme said...

Beautifully said, Gina. I think I have the racehorse tendencies - glad I found my stable pony to calm me each evening. The serenity I've found later in life with this wonderful partner has certainly helped calm this skittish girl.

Silvia C said...

Okay, now THIS is a beautiful post. So true for me too. It's interesting how, even when our inner strength tends to increase as we grow older, we tend to mellow out and there's then no need to show it off. Have a great day and thanks for posting this.

Stacy Curran said...

Beautiful words! You are a great writer

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Just terrific, Gina!! Beautiful words and photos! I hope all is well with you. I know you're enjoying the completion of your renovation project. And looking forward to using that pool :)

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Mummy did you know Gina had a stable pony?
I need a stable pony too please, thank you, courtesy!
Mummy can I have a stable pony! Mummy I want a stable pony!
Mummy I just have to have a stable pony!
Mummy, mummy get me a dang stable pony now or I'll....
Oh thanks Mummy!

Nancy said...

totally get this! We have tethered a young horse to an older one while riding to give the younger one some mileage and learn some good behavior! Love this story, Im a stable pony, too.
I have never been to the derby and it is a dream of ours. We are big race horse fans.
xo Nancy

chateau chic said...

Very inspirational post with so much deeper meaning!
Mary Alice

HolleyGarden said...

May we all have a stable pony in our lives.

Burlap Luxe said...

I agree with..Holley Garden.... She said what I would have said, the deeper side to your story I so realate to.

Thank you Gina for taking the time to post this soulful post.

Thank you sweet friend for taking the time to visit my wing.

Keep inspiring your posting with soulful messages.

Beautiful week to you.

StagerLinda said...

You need to self-publish this Gina. It is a beautiful story and the accompanying images so appropriate and beautiful. I'll buy the first copy!

Minha vida de campo said...

Sua mãe é uma pessoa sábia. Uma linda história. Assim é na vida muitas vezes somo o pônei estável.
Tenha uma feliz pascoa.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I LOVE the analogies and metaphors you use here Gina :)

Ann said...

Love your story.
And the realization that the
quiet ones are the strong ones
the ones that endure and gives calm and strength to those highly strung beings... I think there are times that this is also true in people.