There are two sayings that fit this blog – the first is ‘it takes a whole village to raise a child’ and the second is ‘you can take a horse to water…’.
But what happens when the whole of your village has tried, repeatedly, over a number of years to help raise a child but has become exhausted from offering second chances, being verbally abused and lied to?
Our village has asked for the support of surrounding villages and their learned elders or horse whisperers, however, due to our on-going involvement with said elders previously, we have been employing many of their sacred ways with our children already. These elders come to our village for an hour ‘each’ week and observe or meet with children and then leave as quickly as they came in a cloud of dust leaving us to wrangle once more with the mustang.
Now, it should be noted that we have some seriously experienced stable hands and a number of seasoned rodeo riders in our village, people who have seen many things and who’ve wrangled some of the most angry (vulnerable) stallions in this territory. They are used to getting thrown off now and again and have learned how to dodge the odd wild kick here and there. So when we ask for support from beyond our village it needs to be timely, robust, joined up and impactful so that we can work together to give the soul in question the best possible chance of success.
However, sometimes the answer seems to be to lead that horse to another meadow or plain and allow them to sample the grazing in that area – maybe it’s the grass, the water, the shade, the other horses or villagers that make the difference or simply the opportunity to start again with no history or saddlebags.
Sadly, despite our efforts, one mustang has had to leave our meadow recently for the wellbeing of the herd was at stake, I just hope that she hasn’t been branded by the time she reaches her new plain.