Does a Horse in The Wild Die ?

Dixie, Summer of 2012

Assembled before her grave,

a simple ceremony honoring her life,

these provocative words

read

slowly,

simply,

aloud…. 

Why would a Horse Appear in the Wild?
Why would a Horse Appear in the Wild?
Why would a Horse Appear in the Wild?
Why would a Horse Appear in the Wild?
Why would a Horse Appear in the Wild?
Why would a Horse Appear in the Wild?
Why would a Horse Appear in the Wild?
Why would a Horse Appear in the Wild?
Why would a Horse Appear?
In the Wild, why would a Horse Appear in the Wild?
Why. . . would a Horse Appear in the Wild?

 

Why would a Horse

Appear in the Wild,

only to die eventually?

 

 

Why would a Horse Appear in the Wild?
Why would a Horse Appear. . .  in the Wild?
Why in the Wild a Horse would Appear?
Why Appear in the Wild a Horse?
A Horse in the Wild Appear?
Why?
Why a Horse? . . . Appearing in the Wild?
And, then, another time, a parrot.

Who decides these things?

Why would a Horse Appear in the Wild?
In the Wild, Horses Are Appearing. Why?
What Is a Horse?
What Appears in the Wild?
What Is “It” that Appears in the Wild?

Dixie and Dawn 2009

 

A Horse, of course.

 

 

 

 

 

Apparently not. A-parrot-ly not.
A-parrot-ly not Is a Horse . . . Appearing in the Wild.
Is a Horse — What Is “It”? — Appearing In the Wild?

What Is the Wild?

What Is ‘It” that Appears in What Is “It”?
What Is Appearing?
What Is “It” That What Is Is In What Is?
Why?
Why Is It?
What Is “It”?
How Is “It”?
Where Is “It”?
When Is “It”?
Who Is “It”?
Who Is “It” Appearing in the Wild — and why?
And Why not a Horse, then? Why not?
Therefore, a Horse Appears in the Wild.
A Horse Appearing in the Wild Is Always Already The Case.
Is “It” not?

 

Dixie, Summer of 2012

 

Why does a Horse

Appear in the Wild?

 

 

 

 

Why not?
When not?
A Horse Appears in the Wild Is Always Already The Case.
Yes?

Why?
You see what I Mean? You do not get “It”. That Is what I Mean.
A Horse Appears in the Wild Is Always Already The Case.
There Is no answer.

That there Is no answer Is Always Already The Case.
Therefore, A Horse Appears in the Wild…..                                                                                           

(from  “A Horse Appears In The Wild Is Always Already The Case”, by Avatar Adi Da Samraj)

Dawn and Dixie, 2009

We’re not sure to what age old Dixie lived; perhaps near 30. She came out of a life of pony club, ride-training and who knows what else. When she arrived, about five years ago, she’d been worn down pretty hard by a life of forced servitude. Maybe she’d known a bit of real love here and there, too.

In her final years here she was able to wander freely over hundreds acres with our herd, able to choose her days herself, pick her company, move about at will… much more of real horse life, in retirement on a sanctuary, never having to worry about being ridden, or bothered against her wishes, again.

Her last mothering impulses were offered to our youngest horse, Dawn. Dawn was six months old when she showed up here, so Dixie, not one to shirk her duties, took her on for a couple of years before retiring from motherhood for good.

She died peacefully, without struggle, from old age. When I found her body down by the reeds I wondered, as I’d done many times over the years, about her life… what it might have been, who’d owned her, how many, what she’d been required to do to earn her worth and keep… What were her memories of all that? What of joy? Her youth? Offspring? Separations from friends along the way? Her mother? What kind of life had she endured, for what? and whom? And now here to rest and enjoy for a time… a fitting, comfortable, unencumbered retirement, allowed to be a little wild for a while, a horse in a herd, before putting the flesh down…

Does a horse in the wild ever really die, even in apparent death?

Is a horse in captivity really ever alive, even while apparently living?

How do we keep Horses in our homes, and hearts, yet not allow them to be Alive and Fully Free?

Why?

 

 

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9 Responses to Does a Horse in The Wild Die ?

  1. Nancy Alcorn says:

    Why? Gives me chills.

  2. Fiona Macleod says:

    Hi Horses can die young too. One I rescued died at 8. He was 17 hands tall, and a lovely horse. I just found him dead in the paddock with not a mark. I wish I could post a photo of Dinky. She is now 40. I rescue TB’s. I still have 7. Just wish I had more space.

  3. MICHAEL LaTORRA says:

    One horse.

    Easy death.

    We don’t know what her earlier life may have been like.

    We don’t know where Dixie goes from here.

    But you know her final years were what a horse should have.

    One horse.

    Easy death.

    Peace.

    • Ulla Bernholdt says:

      We don’t knowhere….
      We don’t know where she goes or even where she came from.
      Maybe Dixie goes to Dixieland, if such a place exist?
      Maybe there is nowhere to go, but rather to be now-here ?

      Heartfelt blessings to the being once called Dixie.

  4. Suz Brooks says:

    ….how beautiful….. Yes, .. .. as i have been with so many who have lived a life of benign servitude, as they have died……I always wonder as to what they think and feel, as we honor their life of service to others…….until we re-think our relationship to animals….benign service is one of the way animals can receive the most care. I am so grateful for good sanctuarys, where true natures have a chance, even for a short while to bloom.

  5. Chandira says:

    Wonderful, I have never read that before! Why not?? Magical… I have Adi Da’s awesome Artwork, “Horse In the Wild” framed on my living room wall… I see a Horse Appearing in the Wild every day. :)

  6. William Imhof says:

    Wonderful story, wonderful reading — Thanks for the inspiring posts and service to the non-humans, and to us humans too!

  7. Patreecia says:

    Thank you for this beautiful, sensitive and heart felt story about Dixie’s last years on the sanctuary. My heart is deeply touched by the depth of sensitivity people show to animals on the sanctuary because of instruction from Avatar Adi Da Samraj. I so appreciate that I am learning to approach animals with a level of sensitivity that truly honors them.

  8. Jacquie Shea Thiel says:

    I am touched. Such a beautiful place, such a beautiful service, to learn coexistence with love, with animals, allowing them to be themselves without our limitations. I intend that with my animals. Thank you.

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