Last Sunday we moved Risky to a new pen/pasture at the same barn. Since the last month before Sawyer came until now, she’s been in her pen. It’s not a very big space, enough for her to move around, but really pretty cramped for an animal that was created to roam the land freely. She can be a royal pain to catch in the big pasture (30-40 acres), and she has been a little hard to keep weight on, so I have to be able to give her the extra feed she needs. I can’t get too far away from the baby to chase her down, and he gets super upset being stuck in the car. It’s been cold off and on, so wearing him is hard, because I don’t need him catching a chill.
I know why I penned her up.
Even knowing her need for extra food, and what my recovering body, and new baby, can handle, it has been hard to see her in that pen. She was stir crazy, even giving me a push at one point to let me know she wanted out the gate to go to the pasture. She would pace, and I could see the tracks she was wearing in the ground from pacing when I wasn’t there.
I spoke with the manager, and a couple of the ladies that board out there. Our facility is broken up into a variety of pens and pastures, and I knew that in one pasture the herd had been reduced by 2. Everyone agreed that Risky could move in over there, so we made the move.
She was one happy girl! She moved around the catch pen, and the horses came in. Lots of sniffing, and a little huffing at one another, and the only one upset to have a new companion was a pony mare. Risky just avoided her. Risky made her way toward the gate to her pasture, perked up her ears, raised her tail, and took off! She galloped across the pasture, stretching her legs, and enjoying the space her new freedom.
God created us all with a purpose, with dreams in our hearts, and things we like and dislike. When we try to fit in somewhere that doesn’t align with what God created us for, we go stir crazy…just like a horse confined to a space that is too small. Stretch your legs (expand your horizons!) and reach for what God has for you. The freedom and space you will find in Him is unlike anything this world has to offer.