The strongest, most intelligent horse I’ve ever met passed from this world to the next yesterday. He taught me humility, patience, and compassion. His high self preservation and intelligence were not to be bowled over, coerced, forced or bribed in any way. He forced me to re evaluate what I knew, and why I wanted what I wanted. It wasn’t until I changed the inside of myself that he trusted me, but he maintained his dignity in everything he did.
Marlin is on the cover of my book. A truly special moment in time captured forever – I’ll remember him reaching out to me in a moment of trust, the uncatchable horse softening to the idea of being with me.
Marlin gave nothing for free. I believe he would have rather died than be forced, bullied or dominated. I was always so proud of him for that.
I love you forever, Marlin, and I will always carry the knowledge you gave me to the horses I encounter in my life.
When we meet again, I hope to be a better horsewoman, and maybe we can pick up where we left off.