We got to the hut around midday. I met two fellow hikers doing the Te Araoa trail. Some company over lunch was much appreciated until each went their separate ways. I had the rest of the afternoon to myself. I climbed up a rather high rock face behind the hut. It's quite something getting a birds eye view. A different perspective. The rivers twists and turns, where things come together and end.
I felt like having some fun.
Dusk was setting in and the moon had risen. The setting set itself. And I felt like a full moon ride. I carried my saddle and bridle out to her, but upon reaching Lil I dropped what I held and walked to her bare-handed. Lil came from a stable, sheltered from the elements, away from nature. All these sounds... Were all new for her. She in a way preoccupied herself from facing her surrounding by always having her head down to eat. It's more comforting than the horrifying reality of it all. I stood with her, shoulder beneath her head and arm wrapped around her neck. She could not stand still. We circled. Again. She began a nervous chatter with her lips, chewing at her mouth. Eventually she quitened down. Her ears flickered back and forth, her nostrils flared. Together we listened to the crickets in the background, the gurgling of the running water over its rocks and the call of some bird in the distance. Nearby sounds, such as a mouse or other small mammal scuttling by had her head turning to suss. We've opened a dimension. Lil took the evening in, a change in alertness. My hand on her shoulder, I gradually felt the tension leave her rigid frame. It was my turn to let her know all is alright. Acceptance into attunement 💫
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