The Joy of Horses

Riding through dappled woodland carpeted with flowering 
wild bluebells on a sunlit spring day,
a worn winding path carved by footprints through delicate 
fragrance and indigo colour showing the way,
a golden brown hen pheasant causes a startled shy when 
beside you it decides to take evasive flight,
the cherished peace of a morning ride in the tranquil stillness 
of dawn, bathed in rays of metallic gold sunlight.

The pure exhilaration of a windswept gallop along the polished
 wet sand of a deserted winter beach,
solitary shadowed sandy hoof prints following, only the white
tipped waves of high tide will reach,
effortlessly loping across the undulating golden stubble of a 
harvested wheat field, a solitary brown hare,
the timeless sight of a long legged newborn foal upon first 
   standing being lovingly tended by brood mare.

The elegance and collected power in elevated trot displayed 
   by the trained classical movement of Passage,
the attention to minute detail in elegant black top hat and coat 
tails that is the essence of dressage,
the rewarding simple pleasure of watching a loose horse roll
and play with flowing mane and tail hair,
speed and power combine with joy and beauty, breathing 
white cloudy plumes in the frosty morning air.

Rugged, booted and gleaming, the mane neatly plaited with 
black thread, ready to travel to a local show,
after an early start and long day competing in different 
classes, coming home with a ribbon rosette glow,
the natural beauty of the horse, whether a Thelwell, Shire, 
 Arab or donkey, it’s inherent spirit and grace,
the love of all horses is within even as a young child, always in 
the heart, it has a special place.

Beloved Wife   Jane Farthing 1929 – 2017

A poem can express innermost emotions after the loss of a loved one or friend.
My poetry is written to be gently uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the loved one or friend’s love of horses.
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