2.06.2014

missing all the parts

I've been sick. Really sick. Influenza-type sick. No, I didn't get diagnosed - but I had all the lovely symptoms. Didn't feel the need to pay someone to tell me what I already knew, yep I am sick. I did call and talk to a nurse, to find out my options. I'll save you a phone call, there are none. Seven days later, with the majority of those spent in bed, my body began to win the battle. Symptoms dissipated. It's a good thing, because the alternative isn't anything to look forward to - sadly influenza this season has taken down too many healthy mid-aged people. Eleven days later, I almost feel normal again. Almost. Only the coughing nastiness remains. 

Needless to say, I haven't ridden my horse or even seen my horse. I miss him. All the parts. Even the ones I struggle with. I know Koda could care less if I go see him or not. He has humans that feed, water and look after him. Food is all he really cares about. I know that. But I still miss him. 

I always wonder, do horses miss their humans - just a little? They do seem to recognize us. Missing someone is a human trait, and yet horses call out for each other. Perhaps they do miss us, to some degree?

Koda must be terribly out of shape, doing lots of nothing. Gee, that kinda sounds like me. I tried to at least start back to yoga this week, it went something like this: deep breath in...cough! cough! cough! I gave up shortly after I started. The only thing getting a workout was my already overactive irritated lungs. Maybe next week?

Until then, I miss...

this muzzle


...and I miss...


this face

...and even if I try not to, I miss...


her sweetness

I am making the drive this weekend, regardless of the weather or how I feel. I doubt I'll ride, but it will be great to see our horses again regardless!!

9 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

That sounds awful. Hope you recover fully soon.

I actually think that our horses miss us when they don't see us for a while. My horse Erik used to always run to me when I hadn't seen him for a few days. And this may sound ridiculous but if I asked him for a kiss he would give me one and nuzzle my hair. I really miss him and it's been about five years since he's been gone.

Have fun playing with your horses this weekend.

50+ Horses said...

Ugh, sorry you have been sick! It's really going around. I also think our horses miss us though maybe not as much as we miss them. Take care of yourself!

The Dancing Donkey said...

It sure has been a rough winter, I hope you are feeling better soon. I also think our horses miss us. They are highly social creatures who enjoy interaction. Their biology dictates that they spend a great deal of time eating, but that doesn't mean food is all they care about. Get well for you and for them, they will be looking for you.

fernvalley01 said...

I hear ya, I got hit with it in December and every time I thought I was better ,wham! nope! still have a hoarse voice!I think they do miss the contact with the familiar, like we are part of their herd

4RRanch said...

Hope you're feeling better soon. I think our horses may miss us some. I know my old mare that I no longer ride still seems to like for me to stand with her in the field. She'll even chase the other horses away so she won't have to share my attention.

aurora said...

Thanks for the healing thoughts everyone! I wasn't going to post about being sick, cuz I am really not looking for sympathy. But it is what is going on in my horse world for the past two weeks. I am really looking forward to some much needed horsey-hugs!!

Shirley said...

Hope you are done with being sick!
A little horse therapy will be good for you, even if it is just hugs and breathing in that good wholesome horse smell.

C-ingspots said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear you've been sick!! Yes, I've heard that this year's flu has been especially awful, and longer-lasting than most. I'm sure glad to hear you're on the mend though...please don't try to do too much too soon, you don't want a relapse. Just lay low and rest, your body will let you know when it's back. In answer to your question, I absolutely believe that horses recognize us and can enjoy our company. I know they love and care for each other in much the same way that we care for our family members, so why wouldn't they care for, even like us like another herd mate? Maybe they don't "miss" us, like we do them, but I believe they love their people in their own way. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!!! My horses love me!!! :) And...I just know that Koda loves you too!! Take care of yourself and I hope and pray you feel sassy and strong really, really soon.

aurora said...

I am out of the woods, literally - post to come! Thanks again for the sincere well-wishes, they are heart warming.