This place is like a magical jungle dressage fairytale. Every inch of this farm is a thing of beauty. One of my complaints about Florida (if I’m being so annoying as to complain about Florida 😉) is how things often look fake – fake looking grass, fake looking bushes/trees that seem like they could never have been a native species, fake waterways made into perfectly straight canals, other places that should be wet but have been made dry, etc. But Havensafe doesn’t feel like that at all. Sure, every single square inch is manicured, and I know it takes a massive amount of work to keep it looking this way. But it feels more like what this land should look like.
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think of the quote above when I drive into Havensafe. It makes you take a deep breath. It makes your pulse slow a little bit. Humans need beauty around them, and I think horses do too, but not in the same way. Horses don’t care about a beautiful barn. But I think they do care about green grass, shady trees, looking out at expansive vistas. It calms them too.
I recently listened to this podcast, which I found totally fascinating. https://www.npr.org/2018/09/10/646413667/our-better-nature-how-the-great-outdoors-can-improve-your-life.
Afterwards I kept thinking about how the same ideas are true for horses. (Because whenever I hear something fascinating I make everything about horses…)
A few months back I wrote an article about the owner of Havensafe, Betsy Juliano, who is an amazing woman. Check it out HERE to learn more about her and this farm.
We took all the girls out yesterday for a nice long walk under saddle. Today they will all do a light ride. And maybe tomorrow they can do a more normal work out and possibly my first lesson on Flow with Jen! 😀