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Darma 6 ~ Home at Last ~ 2000

Read Part 5 of Darma’s story here When I met Darma at Churchill Downs and she became a part of my life in 1997, I had no way of knowing how profoundly she would affect me. By seeking the most natural life possible for her and for me, I was led to make choices that have changed my life forever. I knew that having a horse was a big responsibility. I learned that having a horse in my life becam ...[Read More]

Darma 5 ~ Freedom’s Gift ~ 1999

Read Part 4 of Darma’s Story here   I had made the decision to occasionally allow my mare Darma out of her paddock to wander freely in the back yard of our rental property, instead of hand walking her on a halter, as she was often tense and easily spooked. Looking back I realize that it was unrealistic to imagine this high spirited thoroughbred mare could be a “back yard” horse, but at ...[Read More]

Creative Blocks II

The act of creation always has to come from the present moment. All of who I am and what I have experienced goes into each painting, as well as my intuitive connection with what the painting – and the horse – wants to communicate. In this case, the horse and the painting led me to a realization about my creative process. “Heartfelt” is a painting created for a woman named Joy who was writing a boo ...[Read More]

Darma Part 4 – Following Freedom – 1998

Setting Darma free Read Part 3 of Darma’s Story here “Horse sense always follows freedom” ~ Jim Oakley   When my husband Rod and I found our 2 ½ acre rental property, we had dreams of making it a home for Darma. Though not ideal as a horse property, it was still better than most boarding stable environments I had experienced. I also wanted to get to know her in a deeper way than my visits to a stable coul ...[Read More]

Darma Part 3 – Finding a Still Haven

Darma at trainer's barn, 1997 Darma Part 3 – Finding a Still Haven – 1997 Read Darma Part 2 here Despite the moments of peace I had found with Darma, I still didn’t feel confident in leading her, or in knowing what to do when she was anxious.  I tried boarding her at a professional trainer’s. He insisted I needed to be assertive and show the horse that I meant what I asked. Despite his instruction to teach me ...[Read More]

Darma Part 2 – The Chosen Path

Who are you? Darma and Kim at Boarding Stable, 1997 Darma Part 2 – The Chosen Path – 1997 Read Darma Part 1 here When one has experienced love at first sight, you would think that they would live happily ever after. What I didn’t realize is that spontaneous love means you have found a potential soul mate. It also means you have to get to know each other before that love can grow. When my new horse arrived at the boarding stable I ...[Read More]