The Horse’s Prayer

The Horse’s Prayer, by Unknown

I would like to be your loyal companion
rather than your conquest.
Learn to talk to me, I will understand you
without making a mistake.
When your hand is firmly on the reins
then I will take you where you want.
Trust me as much as necessary,
my loyalty will not fail you.
Don’t be afraid of me,
I have strength to help you.
If you must fight,
take me
I will watch over you.
If you were to choose only one friend,
I would be that one.

Gone, but always near…

Image                                                                Contributed by Sandi Martinez
Gone, but always near…

Some of you may remember me as the former Administrative Assistant and Receptionist for RMSAAM. I also was the blogger and blog Admin for this wonderful blog, (If I do say so myself!) and thought I would update you on the sad news of the departure of my best animal companion, Samson. He left me on February 26th.

Some of you were students here when I had my little man as my little assistant during my time at RMSAAM. Some of you even massaged him, and had quite a time getting him to sit still! In some cases I had to sit next to you, while you held him in a comforting and loving position in order to work on him; and indeed your hands were magic… he let you gradually melt away his angst and all the other stuff that comes with an adopted pup with a history. You were his human angels.

We have all lost a member of our fur-animal families… every one of you can attest to this. Yet, how do we live without them? I find myself becoming restless, and I feel empty and lonely.

He spoiled me – in retrospect, everyone might think he was spoiled but in reality, I was spoiled. He gave me love, care, protection, and a kind of company that no human is capable of.

Samson came to a point in his life when it was just his time. There was no dramatic or tragic end to his life – for this I am truly grateful. He stepped onto his next path quickly. I have no idea where he is right now as I write this. I only know there is light and love that surrounds him. He is ready to move on to his next great adventure, but he waits patiently for me to let him go so that he may arrive at his next destination with success.

I wish I could say I’m ready to let him go, but I’m not – yet.

How many of you have been here… right here where I stand? RMSAAM needs some inspiring and hopeful stories to help us move on to the next stage. Thanks in advance!



Decisions, decisions, decisions…

It is your way – It is your sea of life, and inner rhythm.
It is your way – It is your sea of life, and inner rhythm. (Image:

Some would agree that not making a decision is a decision. I would agree too, except for there are no tangible results that follow that decision. No outcomes that define a path; a road that leads somewhere. Sometimes though, the best decision really is not to make one. Silence can be a comforting thing – a bit like a warm and fuzzy blanket that you can wrap around yourself and then very quietly and lazily, fall asleep into the world of pleasant dreams – daydreams.

But if only life were that easy; people would stand idly by and wait until you make a decision; no questions asked. No pressure or judgments. Pressure to conform. Fear of being ridiculed for not making the right decision, and all this according to whom? Right, for whom exactly?

Thoughts come and go, but the real need and focus and attention to act on something comes from somewhere so much deeper and meaningful. It involves more than the mind – it takes heart. It takes faith and a belief in the self: Your Self. But we’re human and it’s easy to sit on the fence. It’s safer to wait. It’s safer to do what others’ believe should be done. It’s easier to flow with the crowd, than against the waves in your own ocean; your own sea of wonderment. Isn’t it? Who is to say that when the waves go in one direction, they are going the wrong way? It is your way – It is your sea of life, and inner rhythm.

What better teacher can we find than our beloved animals to show us the way to ‘listen’; to ‘feel’ our way through muddy thoughts and confusion? They might even say to you, ‘stop thinking, and start doing’! Who are we to question such simplicity?

Our animals love and stand by us no matter what we choose to do. At the end of the day, they will get massaged, fed, loved, and conversed with.

What decision will you make today? Are you using your heart’s true wisdom, and are you willing to pass over the judgments and opinions of others’? Are you willing to follow your heart, and take risks you never imagined you could?

Flying into the void isn’t just an adventure; it’s a guarantee that your life will never be the same – but something much greater. Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming an Animal Practitioner – it starts here, right now!