To Everything Turn, Turn, Turn… Maybe One More Revolution, Just To Be Safe

If I am being brutally honest with you, it’s been harder than usual to find things to be thankful about this year. My Gramma died. I’ve had a probe and biopsies taken 6 (soon to be 7) times since May to figure out which food is killing me. My cats aren’t allowed in my bedroom anymore because apparently they are killing me. My football team is terrible. Some of my favorite wild horses disappeared. Adobe Town, Salt Wells, and Divide Basin got ransacked by the BLM again. Mass euthanasia or slaughter of captive wild horses still hasn’t been stopped…

Okay obviously some of those are a little more serious than others. But let’s be real, 2017 has been rough.

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Stewart Creek Mares

The easy thing to do would be to go super cliché and find all these positive things in light of the trials, and far be it from me to be ever be anything but cliché so here we go! (I’ve also been reading Ecclesiastes a lot lately so to those of you who get that reference: you’ve been warned)

Death is probably the hardest thing to tackle. Much like the Nebraska defense, I’m incapable of tackling and don’t really see the point in even bothering to try. That’s okay. Apparently the coming of our lord & savior is nigh and Scott Frost shall save us all from terrible, sad football!


Anyway… It’s inevitable and animal or human we are forever pushing one step closer to the great beyond. The great beyond part doesn’t bother me so much. I’m a Christian and without getting too preachy I realize I’m a big screw up on every level, am completely dependent on the fact Jesus redeemed me through his own death and Resurrection, and will face what comes next with that confidence. That actually losing people and critters I love and care about though… not to mention the thought of what death will actually feel like; I’m assuming painful as heck given Lauryn & my proclivities to stupid stunts in the middle of nowhere…

But I think the one thing I took from this year is to not run from the thought of death. It hurts to lose so much and that’s okay. It’s okay to grieve for Custer and Colonel, Washakie and probably Baja too. They all lived pretty good lives, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t still needed on earth or won’t be missed. It’s okay to grieve for Isadora and to question and get angry about why she had to be taken so early.

Colonel may still be out there but it seems very, very unlikely at this point

The Little Pony Who Could, Kinny, lost a father and an aunt this year. He doesn’t know anything about this, of course. He’s too busy spooking at windmills and picking fights with my White Mountain mustang, Bandit to notice what’s happening two states away. Horses are lucky that way. Thankfully, that kind of attitude is also infectious. Have difficult clients at work? Eh, the second it’s quitting time they no longer exist. Need to actually remember to edit and share photos on your Facebook page? Why? You’re too busy riding the pony around while gawking at otters. Can’t figure out what the heck to eat for supper? Maybe just don’t eat; there’s always breakfast tomorrow! Okay maybe those are a little too specific to be helpful… I think you get the point, though.

Kinny Running

Distracting myself with life does seem to do the trick pretty well, though. When I’m busy illegally snuggling up to a cat or watching Lauryn navigate a road up and down muddy Whiskey Peak when it’s sketchy at best, well, I guess I’m too busy living to let my brain get all weird.

Of course, distracting yourself is the exact opposite of what we should all be doing when it comes to the fate of our wild horses. Annoying the crap out of Representatives & Senators in Congress, commenting on a new Environmental Assessment writing the same protests for feels like the eight millionth time, and just being a general nuisance are important. Is it working? Eh, maybe? It doesn’t always feel like it, but I know that without it 50,000 of our beloved horses would have been dead years and years ago.


And then there’s all those little reasons to be thankful across this year. Back in May, I got to see Aurora’s newborn filly take her first steps, something I was so happy to then go and share with all of you. Next, horses I haven’t seen for years started popping out of the sage, like daisies! Then Verity foaled, birthing a perfect little lookalike Colonel right before his dad disappeared, possibly for good.

I’ve had amazing adventures with great friends, one in particular who saves me from so many bad life choices while simultaneously convincing me to make just as many (in case it isn’t obvious, yes, that’s you Lauryn). I’ve gotten to visit new wild horse herds, and share their images, if not their stories, with you. Man, they are so amazing. Whether it’s silly mares who just can’t get along or stallions that look like they’re as likely to fall over mid-rear to nap on their opponent then actually decide anything in a given moment. Whatever their fate may come to, for now life is good. That’s something worth clinging to, for however long it may last.

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Aurora & Filly
Mini Colonel
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Colonel with his slightly more obnoxious son

Or to quote Ecclesiastes 11 (told ya I was on an Ecclesiastes kick), “Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.”

Washakie’s Yearling Filly

Whether facing something good, bad, painful, asinine, freaking infuriating (looking at you BLM), the reality is that we are all stuck in this place in time and in this body. Slowly withering away while fools maintain their high positions and the rich occupy the low ones. I guess that is what I am ultimately thankful for. I was put on this Earth at this time, and as maddening as it can be, there is something to be said about running headlong into everything.

If I mourn, it is because I loved deeply. If I get spitting mad at the BLM, it is because I have given my heart to a cause and am wise enough to have my eyes opened to the evils of this world trying to smack it down. If I choke and die, it’s because I just really really wanted some stuffing this Thanksgiving is that really too much to ask for!??

… Kidding.  I brought my inhaler and epipen so it’ll probably be fine.

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Baja and Bacardi

Seriously, though guys. This is a great time to take a step back, a deep breath, and just enjoy. Enjoy your life and family, including those of the furred, invertebrate, and feathered variety. Enjoy these photos. Just live in that moment and let tomorrow worry about itself. I hope that you all have an absolutely amazing Thanksgiving (or just a great Thursday if you are in a different country and don’t celebrate weird U.S. traditions).

I think I’ll end this all off with a quote I saw in an email this morning that sparked this whole mini-rant since it finally gave me inspiration & an excuse to blog:

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” -Tecumseh

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Published by Rachel Reeves

I am a photographer who currently lives in the great state of Colorado. I love going out and photographing wild horses in their natural habitat, and look forward to being able to share a glimpse their world with you.

8 thoughts on “To Everything Turn, Turn, Turn… Maybe One More Revolution, Just To Be Safe

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and struggles of the past year. It means so much to me to know there is a fellow believer out there sharing my hurts, struggles, and fears. 🙂

    1. Thanks Clarissa. Our faith doesn’t make this life an easy or smooth road, but it does give us the hope & promise that we are not alone and have a lot to look forward to after this life is done.

  2. Very good post! Do hope the medical world comes up with a REASON why your body isn’t doing well! The Tecumseh quote says it all – no reason to give thanks? None? Even in these dark days – there is always some little light! Just have to look for it.
    Hope you get to enjoy your stuffing!
    Miss your posts & pictures.

    1. Thank you, Maggie! I hope you had a really great Thanksgiving. No stuffing for me ever again, but “dairy testing month” started just in time for me to enjoy some mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and they were great! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Finding time to blog this year (and if I’m honest last year too) has been really tough. I do have a few ideas and half finished stories, but I make no promises as to when they will see the light of day.

  3. I’m so sorry to read about your grandmother and your biopsies. Being a Christian as well, I pray that you get better soon. 2017 has been a roller coaster for me too. I recently lost a friend of mine (she just turned 18 too) to brain cancer, and my aunt and uncle are in the middle of a divorce. God’s Holy Spirit is the reason why I’m keeping it together. May He also bless you. Additionally, may be stay steadfast in this fight for our wild ones. Stay strong! ❤ By the way, Kinny is gorgeous!

    1. I am so sorry to hear how tough things are going for you. I prayed for you and hope things turn around soon. Life may not be easy, but at least we have God there helping us get through the bad patches.

      And thank you! I am quite fond of my little stinker. I wish I could save all 50,000 in holding but I am thankful that I could at least save a few & they reward me every day by being their delightful little selves. ❤

  4. Rachel, this is great wisdom….beautifully written by one that I admire so much. You give wonderful advice on how to handle the pains in life while at the same time honoring lives that have greatly enriched ours. I am thankful for you!

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