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The Horse That Inspired a Gift.

 

Casino was a beautiful, chestnut Thoroughbred, a fleet-footed former racehorse, with a heart of gold. The love my friend Jade shared with her horse Casino was the stuff of YA novels, a girl and her horse with an unbreakable bond.

I met Casino and Jade, a decade ago, shortly after Jade purchased the horse of her dreams. At the time, the hot-blooded gelding was a bit too much for a first-time horse owner. And so, for the first few years of their relationship, Jade only hand-walked her new friend. Slowly, but surely, bond developed, as good solid relationships do, into one of implicit trust and loyalty.  

Last year, on chilly winter’s eve, I attended Casino’s 30th birthday party. He was a shadow of his former self, thin; his once slick coat was long and shaggy. I feared the inevitable.

A few months later, Casino passed away. I was worried about Jade. I wanted to comfort her. There’s a beautiful tradition at horse boarding stables, to leave bouquets of flowers, potted flowers and plants, and/or cards in the empty stall of a horse who had died. 

Flowers and a card wasn’t enough. I wanted to give Jade a memorial she would treasure for years to come.  She loved the Anam Caras, so an Anamabet print of Candra was an obvious choice.   The decision to add a longer blessing was born from my desire to express something personal and intimate that would comfort Jade.

Flowers and a card wasn’t enough. I wanted to give Jade a memorial she would treasure for years to come.   I knew she loved the Anam Caras, so an Anamabet print of Candra was an obvious choice.   The decision to add a longer blessing was born from my desire to express something personal and intimate that would comfort my friend.

 

I wrote two versions:

Jade
I am Casino’s Anam Cara, Candra. I am here on behalf of your beloved copper steed, to comfort your broken heart and nourish your soul. Know that he is well.
I will guide you and protect you for the rest of your days.
May Casino’s spirit dwell in the hearts of those he touched.  
Casino
I am your Anam Cara, Candra. I’ve come from the Land of Soul where the news
has spread about you, the beautiful copper steed who planted seeds of joy
and transformed Jade’s life. I will guide your spirit and protect you.
May your spirit dwell in the heart of those you touched.

Ultimately, I settled on the version written to Casino and gave it to Jade. Her eyes welled up with tears when she saw it.  

 “I am framing your beautiful art. I must of read the message a dozen times and it brought tears - this is so precious.  
Casino is giving you a "Spirit Nuzzle" of Love to you too!” 

 

Jade loved her print so much, I began making similar prints for other people in my life, whom I wished to honor or thank. And, now I’m offering them to you.



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