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Of Stress and horses
by Karen C Vanderlaan

Saturday, April 19, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Of Stress and Horses


At times when life seems hell-bent,

On handing me way more,

Than I have any desire to handle,

I find solace in time I spend with you,

Or sometimes just sitting on the fence,

Taking in your structure and equine perfection,

Wings, my equine friend.


Taking off your night-time blanket,

The warmth and earthy smell of you,

Give a rush of so much that is good in the world.

I throw my arms around your neck,

Feeling the smoothness of your sleek shoulder.

Overwhelmed I tear up, letting go of anxiety,

Stress and horsemanship just don’t mix.


Your warm and velvet muzzle,

Nuzzles my hands, my pockets, my cheeks,

Inquiring of me, “where are the treats?”

And for you all is very good in the world

As you chew the rest of your carrot,

Getting your hindquarters scratched,

In just the right spot,

Moving away now you peacefully munch on your hay.



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Reviewed by Michelle Mead 4/22/2008
This is so true of animals. This made me think of my cat, Joll, and how on bad days, snuggling up in her fur and the scent and warmness of her just makes me realize what beauty and the blessings of God that are in animals. This was great.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 4/21/2008
awe...give a scratch from me
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/21/2008
My fiance has had horse and has one at this time and I just have to show her this wonderful description of all horses...this is really great...Ed
Reviewed by John Domino 4/20/2008
Warm heart felt verses in almost every line. Poetry a-la-par-excel!
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 4/20/2008
One of my dear friends has a horse named Demi . She shares much of her time and troubles with her . They have a special bond which is wonderful to see. Thanks for sharing ......M
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/19/2008
You make me envy your having horses Karen;-) Wish I had a place for them...wonderful poem!

Reviewed by Rebecca Lerwill 4/19/2008
There is nothing about this poem I don't agree with. Karen, you and I and everyone who loves horses are so truly blessed to have these natural anti - anxiety medication, without a prescription, in our lifes.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/19/2008
I am not a horse person, as a city boy wanting to be country boy they always scared me even as the idea of riding high in the saddle across the range always seemed romantic to me. I do admire and love the beauty of these majestic animals and can well understand how they could reduce stress in anyone.

Reviewed by Tom Kitt 4/19/2008
Horses and animals bring us back to our center, a heartfelt poem. Thanks, Tom
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 4/19/2008
Karen, this so relays what love does to the brought to life a true love between you and your horses. The images, the sense of smell, and the feelings (in my mind) of visualizing your love for each other could be totally felt as I read this. It is what I call...a poem that imprints an everlasting image. Loved it!
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 4/19/2008
The peace of just being is sooo wonderful. enjoyed
Reviewed by Morning Star 4/19/2008
Beautiful peaceful write and awesome horse!
Wow I can just imagine riding in the early morn
Love the tone and imagery
Brilliant Write!!
Peace Love and Hugessss...Morning star
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/19/2008
Karen,, I love this,, it is heartfelt. :) makes me want to hug your horse.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 4/19/2008
Karen, this made me feel a peacefulness, making me wish that I was standing right alongside you. Nice work.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 4/19/2008
wonderful piece of verse Karen, I'm jealous of the horse. hugs
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/19/2008
Beautifully done . . . I was there . . . I smelled the hay . . . That velvet nose . . .
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/19/2008
To ride free away from the stress is truly living. :) Beautifully said, Karen! As Karen Lynn (below) said, we relieve our stress by holding a friend's kitten on our laps. :) Hard to hold a horse, there LOL Still and all, it's all natural, and no charge! Whoo-hoooo!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 4/19/2008
A beautful photo, something we dont see here where I live. A wonderful escape from everyday stress--a nice, peaceful write.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/19/2008
Riding horses is a great way to relieve stress. So is holding a little purring kitten on your lap; did that last night when we went to a friend's house, and I'm still smiling when I think of the little kitten. Oh, he was precious! Very well penned, Karen; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 4/19/2008
Loving anyone or anything is a joyful escape into pleasant feelings away from stress. I enjoyed your poem--always did love horses.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/19/2008
Science has proven that animals truly do know how to relieve our stress; they are wondrous healers; and may your beloved horses continue to do so for you.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 4/19/2008
Oh the love I feel reading this is tremendous. How beautiful horses are but I had no idea how healing they were too. Thankyou for this magnificent write. Love, Bonnie

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