Thanksgiving is about more than just posting what you’re thankful for on social media. It’s the time of year we reflect on all that we’re given (and honestly, we should do this more than once a year, don’t you think?), to show and say “thank you” out loud to everyone and everything.
For us, we should be thankful for a full hayloft going into bad weather season. The pungent aroma of fresh bales of alfalfa, timothy and grasses. The memory of the sore muscles and long, sweaty days putting that hay up, so you wouldn’t have to worry about it later on. The quiet contentment your horses now have, pushing it around in their stalls, picking out the very best blades one at a time, until all that remains is dust.
Be thankful for the solitude of a morning alone in the barn, after breakfast has been fed. Every animal is licking feeders for remaining crumbs, snuffling around corners for their favorite bite of hay, lights buzzing in the morning dawn. The stillness and peace that settles in, contentment, felt by all.
Walk into your tack room, be thankful for that smell. The leather, the sweat, the matted horsehair. All hard earned and well-loved. The proof of work done, and the anticipation of more to come.
Be thankful for the bright sunny days, and any remaining warmth to be felt. Be thankful for long, lazy trail rides, marveling at the colors of the leaves, the blue of the sky, and the feeling of your body moving in perfect sync with your horse.
When the day comes to a close, be thankful for every star in the dark night sky. Find your favorite place, throw out a blanket, lie on your back, and gaze into the wonder of the universe.
This Thanksgiving, don’t just say thanks, be thankful. Feel it in your heart, where nobody but you knows, that’s where it matters. Let your actions be your voice. I’m thankful for you, my readers, who look for my voice every week.