Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wild Horse Annie speaks
Velma "Wild Horse Annie" Johnson's gravestone
My friend Carrol Able is a tireless champion for the West's wild horses. She uses her heart and head to find solutions that will suit humans as well as horses. Always, the horses come first, but even a champion can grow weary. Here's how she was able to go on, just the other day. Terri
I sat down with Wild Horse Annie today. We had quite the conversation. I complained of how convoluted her law had become, how it was now a life sentence for the very animals it was intended to protect. She listened quietly, never uttering a word. “ We really need your help.” I told her. She offered no reply.
The grass surrounding us was cool & refreshing, the day warm & clear. I closed my eyes and imagined a band of wild horses grazing peacefully nearby. How fitting it would have been. But alas ! Imaginings are nothing more than imaginings. There were no wild horses and Wild Horse Annie was not going to answer.
Beside me was a small and unassuming grave marker. In that, it was much like the woman buried there. Beneath the name Velma B. Johnston, Wild Horse Annie and the dates March 5, 1912 - June 27, 1977 are three mustangs, running wild and free. As I ran my fingers across the relief and looked closer at the image, I realized there was something unexpectedly ominous portrayed there.
The running mustang trio has reached the edge of a dangerous precipice with no choice left but to jump. The last of the three is rearing and looking over his shoulder as if deciding whether to fight or flee. Tears started flowing when I put the scene in the context of the battle we’re waging today. I started sobbing like a crazy fool and blurted out, “ Help me! I don’t know what else to do.”
It was then that a voice came to me,
a gentle but strong whisper in my ear.
“FIGHT” it said, “ Fight like a wild stallion.”
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Terri Farley @ 9:35 AM
Amazing & moving story from Carol Abel. I know we were all so depressed yesterday, as the Triple B roundups began, despite the lawsuit aimed to block it.
Thank you for sharing it Terri. Its wonderful & a special message to all of us.
Fight like a stallion, wildly!
somtimes a stallion will fight for all he's worth. But its the smart ones that will watch and study his enemy's patterns and abilities, and then strike when they least expect it.