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Horses and Dreams




I got to thinking that I have not written much about horses here. I used to own a horse when I was in my twenties. Her name was Blue Babe, and we were both high strung at the time. I don’t know why she was high strung, but I was in my twenties, which for me was my messiest time of my life.

Horses have always calmed me and excited me at the same time. Something about their sturdiness, and being in control of something so large and powerful. Though today, I try to have a looser rein when riding.

JoAnne on Horse trotting (3)

Yesterday, I went to help out at a summer day camp at Ashton Farm where they have horses. I’ve ridden there when my church group goes once a year. But yesterday, we did not get the horses out because it was too hot. I wondered how I would do being out in close to 90 degree sunshine for most of the day. I arrived at 10 AM (there are advantages to being a volunteer) and stayed until about 2:30 when the kids were getting on the bus.  I helped out with a bee sting and other camper bug bites and wrote names on construction paper ribbons for winners of the long jump, chicken catch, and other camp games.  It was a good day, and I’m glad I was able to hang in there with the kids and the teen and young adult camp counselors.  Still, I think I’d rather go as a day camper and relax, ride the horses, and kayak on the lake.


This small farm is my ideal. If I could live anywhere I wanted, it would be on a farm like this, with horses and dogs and a big farm house with a wrap around porch, where you can see the stars at night.


Maybe it would be in the mountains, or the foothills, where it’s a little cooler.  Maybe I’d have art therapy and meditation groups, and yoga classes.

I would definitely have campfires, and singing, and drumming.


Campfire at God’s Whisper Farm, another dreamy place where I went to a writer’s retreat.

In the meantime, maybe I’ll do some of those things

in my own back yard

of my little urban cottage,

until I get my farm.

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt, brought to us by Linda G. Hill is, “rain/rein/reign.”

You can find more SOC stories at Linda’s place:

The rules for SoCS are:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

26 thoughts on “Horses and Dreams

  1. JoAnna I usually use your posts to get the link for my prompts. I can’t grab it because I blog from my phone do you have the SOCS link for today?

  2. Yes, I feel for all the animals in the heat of Summer.. 🙂 and how wonderful that you owned a horse.. I used to have riding lessons as a child.. I lived in the country and my friends had farms.. So I got to tag along with them and walk miles while they were out riding by their sides in the hopes they would let me ride.. I usually got ten minutes in the saddle.. 🙂

    I do not think I could live in a big city.. I am lucky I live on the outskirts of a town and only a five minute walk from any sort of countryside.. 🙂 I love my woods too much..
    Love and Blessings and enjoy your weekend JoAnna.. xxx Hugs Sue xxx

  3. Horses were such a big part of my childhood. They saved me I think, somehow. Such beautiful animals.
    I loved how you described your future farm.
    I’m lucky here, I can sit on the deck and see the milky way.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • I know what you mean about horses saving you. They gave me a positive outlet during some of my adolescent and young adult years. I think I was more stable (didn’t intend the pun) when horses were in my life. Seeing the milky way from your deck is certainly lucky! What a blessing! Enjoy!

  4. Your farm sounds perfect!

  5. Oh such a dream! I’ve always wanted horses too but do have my small farm and the stars. Think horses are too much of responsibility for me now but can visit those who keep them. Wishing you all the best for your dreams.

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  8. Great post, thank you. I have had horses for over 40 years – WOW!! – It has been a while. They also calm me.

  9. I love this post and I love the name of your blog! The charm I have on my horses bridle says “Follow Your Dreams” and it’s what I based my own blog “The Green Horseman” on.

  10. I love this post! It has always been my dream to have a horse or at least be be around them! I’m praying that dream will come true some day! God Bless!

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