My heart sunk a little when Pamela told me that we had to postpone the trip to South Dakota, to bring to the horse supplies to Chief Arvol and the others who will be making the Dakota 38 Healing Ride. But I also completely trust that whatever happens in connection with the trip, the wall hanging I made for Blue Star Equiculture, and Pamela Richenbach, is happening just the way it’s supposed to happen. Because for the short time I’ve known Pamela, with all the ups and downs that come with running a Working Horse Sanctuary, some kind of magic seems to swirl around her. If she says she’s going to do something, the idea may not manifest in the way and time I thought it would, but when it happens, it’s somehow just right.
So I’ve learned to trust Pamela and the magic that surrounds her. The trip to South Dakota is tentatively set for the spring when the Sunka Wankan Horse Ceremony takes place. It’s a ceremony that takes place along with World Peace and Prayer Day where horses, which are no longer seen as important to our society, are honored.
But it doesn’t end there. Actually it’s all just beginning. Pamela came up with a new idea for using the wall hanging I made for Blue Star Equiculture and having it benefit, not only Blue Star and the Healing Rides, but working horses everywhere. Pamela came to see the wall hanging as a symbol of the bond between humans and horses everywhere. Which is just what I was thinking about when I made the piece. And restoring that bond, making sure that people understand the necessity of it, is the real meaning behind all that Pamela and I are doing together.
So Pamela took the image from the wall hanging and had it reproduced onto 50″ x 60″ fleece Blankets. Surrounding the image on the blanket, is the butterfly material I put on the back of the wall hanging. The butterflies are a symbol of the freedom to step out of our usual way of thinking of and perceiving the world around us.
Blue Star Equiculture is selling the blankets for $52. Pamela came to the price by adding the cost ($20) plus one dollar for every horse that lives at Blue Star. The money will go to supporting Working Horses everywhere and to Chief Arvol Looking Horse’s work with horses and restoring the bond between humans and horses.
So if you want to support the horses and spread the idea of their importance in our world and have a cozy blanket to snuggle under this winter, you can buy a Restore The Bond Blanket and read more about “restoring the bond” here.