Today's assignment brought me to the Daily Post sight with the intention of finding insperation from a prompt. I'm sure writers block is a vicious virus that plauges all writers, but this has been my enemy from the beginning of my blogging. I often place my writing on the back burner waiting on insperation to warm my thinking pot. I've learned that I have to light my own fire and sometimes search for the flame. However, it doesn't hurt to have a little help from a prompt like 'silence.'

I wanted to get deeply personal and philosophical about this subject, but I kept returning a simple idea. There are certain people who like silence, like me, especially in the morning. My thoughts like to gather over a cup of coffee and can get directed by noise. I then spend the rest of the day chasing them around. There are plenty of people who need the chatter of the TV in the back ground or to verbalize thoughts as they arrange them. Neither personality is wrong, they just order the world in a different way. So in the morning it can be difficult to place these two together. One will be trying to embrace the silence while the other is trying to fill it.

I had to wonder, are horses affected by silence as well? I know that some are more talkative than others. My youngest mare, Rain, is very verbal. She grunts, groans, and gripes when she is being lazy.  During feeding time everyone can hear her mutter until her hay is dropped. Even her curiosity had a sound.

 

Cisco, the big paint, is a silent sentient. He never complains, hardly makes peep at dinner time, and often is happiest with his head in my hands.

Although these are definitely two different horse personalities, are their reaction to silence different as well?
I believe Cisco is more like me, he gathers information slowly. When he is on the end of my longe line he always keeps an ear cocked listening for me to break that silence. Unlike Rain who constantly needs word of encouragement to move her feet I'm usually more of a silent rider, lost in the landscape and my own thought on trail. My communication with Cisco is almost always physical, we don't need words. However, when I ride Rain I'm usually clicking my tongue to her or uttering a 'move on.' I know how to work with their personalities, my clients don't. Rain doesn't do well with a passive rider, and Cisco resents a fussy one. Neither horse is bad they just react differently to silence. It's up to me to match rider and horse.

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