There’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man. That’s not news for horse lovers of any gender, really, but it’s nice to see the concept in action. This CNN story provides a great example of the healing power of horses.
Prison inmates in New Mexico are learning the value of hard work, compassion, and patience as they train mustangs captured by the BLM for subsequent sale to the public. Mustangs that have been thus trained have a much greater chance of being purchased and loved by a family, giving them access to a life they might not have otherwise enjoyed.
It’s pretty amazing stuff. The horses are helping these men make real changes in their lives, and that’s something worth paying attention to. It’s also worth paying attention when the men in our lives go through change: whether it’s personal growth, a professional achievement, or gaining new skills in the show ring, it’s important to remember that these moments are special.
The tradition of commemorating life achievements with jewelry is nothing new for women. Setting aside entirely the engagement ring and wedding ring conversation, many women collect jewelry that they find personally meaningful, related to specific events. Perhaps a ring to commemorate the birth of a child, or a fabulous bracelet to celebrate a promotion. Charm bracelets are used to provide a tangible narrative: each bead relates to a special occasion in our lives. Equestrian bead charms are a great way to remember the fantastic times we’ve had with the horses in our lives.
But what about the men? Men need positive reinforcement and recognition too. It’s not something we hear so much about – but that doesn’t mean the need’s not real. Many men are touched and gratified when their loved ones present them with horse jewelry for them. Select pieces that are both high quality and personally meaningful, and you can be sure he’ll wear it proudly for years to come — remembering both the achievement the jewelry marked, and the people in his life who inspire him to greatness!