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His Way

He sits soft and sure in his saddle,
eyes clear as Canadian sky,
speaking of feel, offering up a good deal,
rewarding the slightest of tries.

"Fix it and wait, you can't force it."
"To go fast, you have to go slow."
He'll tell you to "Think!" and then with a wink
spell it, in case you don't know!

Discipline tempered with humor
is peppered throughout his discourse.
The reason he's here?  He's perfectly clear—
It's not for you, it's the horse.

Yet, after all this time he still teaches.
His best student?  Himself, so he'll say.
His mirror lies in his horses' own eyes.
They're his life, and his truth, and his way.

© 2005, Jane Wheeler 
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

Jane wrote this poem in honor of legendary horseman Ray Hunt ( She told us, "To see the man ride, to watch the horse respond to his slightest touch, his feel, even his thoughts—that is poetry."


Feeding Horses

Easing my way in the darkness,
On the slick frozen path to the barn.
No moon tonight, no stars in sight
Just me and the night and the farm.

Inhaling the hay's summer fragrance,
As I brush off the snow from the stack,
Cut the twine from the bale, dump oats in the pail,
And head out to the pen in the back.

Where soft nickers and hoof falls surround me
And warm steamy breath clouds my sight.
Break the ice in the tank, thaw my hands on their flanks
And ward off the bone numbing night.

And I know there is nothing else better
Than horses chewing on hay—
Contentment made real by the smell, sound and feel—
Feeding horses at the end of the day.

© 2005, Jane Wheeler 
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.


About Jane Wheeler:

I live on the outskirts of a little town in northern Michigan with my husband, two dogs, three cats and more horses than trucks.  (My husband says you can never have too many trucks).



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