A New Year Message from Pom ….


It’s a little known fact that we horses are great believers in New Year Resolutions.  Or at least Reflections.

Let’s face it.  We can realistically expect to celebrate far fewer New Years than you, our human counterparts.

So instead of going out partying or going to bed early pretending you don’t care, if you humans were to peek into the barn or the field shelter around midnight, you might find your horse and his or her companions mulling over the year past and thinking about what to make of the year ahead.

In smarter establishments than mine, elite athletes may be bragging about the cups they bagged in 2014 and the prizes they have in sight for upcoming seasons.  Some may be yawning – having heard it all before – quietly hoping their sore backs and tendons hold up another year.  Others may be apprehensive about a move away from all that’s familiar or how they’ll fare with a new owner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome may be counting their lucky stars that fate delivered them from an unhappy situation and renewed their faith in the future.

At the other end of the scale some poor souls may be shivering for want of a good feed or blanket and worrying about how they’ll be able to help their humans through another year.

The vast, lucky majority of us will be glad of full tummies and comfortable billets.  We are truly grateful to be better cared for than a good many members of the human race.  And if that means we can’t get to gallop over prairies at will or run the gamut of equine emotions within a large herd, we do understand that all living beings have dreams, but have to learn to compromise with workaday realities.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’ve had varied years in which we have all had new experiences;   mostly pleasant, some disconcerting, nearly all enlightening.

Despite our darkest fears, we were, again, secretly disappointed not to be chased by mountain lions.

We were often told that we were the handsomest, cleverest, good-boys and girls.  We occasionally had to suffer unnecessary swearing and blame for things of which we were completely innocent.  Of course we would not intentionally mucky our water buckets or make unscheduled halts in front of malodorous swamps.

We who have good humans have been the recipients of an awful lot of human love;  gooey, sticky sentiment and inappropriate hugs and kisses.  But that’s a small price to pay if there are also carrots, occasional home-baked treats, well-kept pastures, sweet hay and cool, clear water.

We would love to reassure our humans that we can put up with some mistakes in their riding if what they want is explained as clearly as they can.  Sometimes we wish they would listen when we’re trying to show them there’s a better or easier way. 

And sometimes we just have to say, as emphatically as we are able, that we really can’t understand or physically achieve what they want, or that their riding ambitions are beyond our abilities.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe would also like to reassure them that we understand more about their troubles than they think.  We’ve heard those thoughts rattling round in their brains when we could be having a relaxing hack or a productive schooling session.  We know about the bitchy boss, the dreaded exams, the husband’s complaints or the kids’ taking Mum for granted.  We try to be helpful and sympathetic, where we are able.

We’d like them to know that although they are weird-looking because they’re humans, each of us thinks their own good human is the best-looking, most outrageously attractive one they know, even if we would appreciate carrying a few less of their pounds just after Christmas.

When we think about the year ahead, we generally long for safety and security, kindness, good food and company, freedom from pain and anxiety for all our kind.  And for our humans, freedom from the worries that kill kindness and sour their relationships with us – and each other.

Of course we can’t really give you bipeds an inkling of our hopes and worries.  We know you think we exist in the present moment …… but we certainly have more instinct about the future, even if we have less power over steering our own courses than you do.

What I do know is –  we all wish for a



What’s your horse’s message?  (and can I come back in now, please?)”


About cavaliereattitude

Englishwoman, transplanted to SW France in '86, blogging - with a large dose of humour and self-deprecation - about life with my husband and our horses, the never-ending renovation of an ancient and crumbly stone farmhouse and the attempt to carve a beautiful garden and productive pasture out of a woodland wilderness.........
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13 Responses to A New Year Message from Pom ….

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you Pom for your wise words. Happy New Year. I have applied for a scholarship to study on a more regular basis with my very gifted trainer this summer. I’ll start making more posts in the coming year, especially if I receive the grant. In the meantime, I will share your heartwarming post.


    • Cheri, I wish you all the luck in the world with your scholarship and training. How great to start the New Year with some really positive news! Pom is delighted with your lovely comment and reblog – we look forward to more posts from you and hearing all about your new adventure. A very Happy New Year to you and yours 😊


  2. This is the loveliest new year post I have read till now. Hope you have a great year Pom! 🙂


  3. magreenlee says:

    What a lovely post straight from the horse’s mouth! Happy new year to you, Pom & Pie


  4. subodai213 says:

    Raven wishes you a Very Happy New Year, Pom!


  5. Barley and I says:

    A very belated but nevertheless VERY heartfelt Happy New Year from me (Shrimp), Pom! And thanks for telling the humans that we are the real deal, with feelings and hopes and anxieties (yeah, I also can sing a song about those extra pounds after Christmas!). Read ya, bro!


  6. Pom really lurves getting feedback from his friends – just glad he hit a chord! May your New Year be a great one too, Barley the shrimp (and your Mum)! 🙂


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