April 10, 2005
Started like any other day, in the feed room.
Then the stable and stalls, taking care not to trip on the cats running just in front of me. We move the horses, one by one, in for breakfast.
Hay the fields, clean and fill the troughs with good fresh water, turn out the herd, and muck.
If you don't know what I mean when I say "Muck", you're lucky, and probably about to hit the back arrow. Goodbye.
This church is for all of you shit shovelers out there who do it because you care for horses. I want to provide a forum for equine-related discussions, stories, pictures, poems, and prayers directed towards building respect for and honoring the horse. We need to give thanks and ask forgiveness for the centuries of servitude the horse has provided. Please join your voices, thoughts and prayers into a unified force of spiritual healing for horses!
Or, as my son says, "Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah"!!
Please don't take my light-heartedness as irreverence, laughter is the best medicine.
Please don't bring your horse to church, yet. We have no facility, just hopes and dreams and now prayers.
I am an ordained Reverend, legally sanctified to perform all the duties of the ministry, including baptisms, weddings, funerals, and other rites of passage. This has been verified by my local county clerk.
Some of my other credentials include Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Certified Instructor for the NRA, Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Specialist, and Reiki Master. Some know me as the White Buffalo Woman, others call me Rat Girl, Sandy K, Mama Sandia.
I, SANDY LYNN LEILANI KASHPUREFF, now begin the Church of the Horse on a live cam.
Soon to be: www.churchofthehorse.org
Subsequent meetings will begin the night before the first Sunday of every month (Sat. April 30th at dusk). Physical presence is unnecessary; all I ask for is to add your thoughts, prayers, or meditation to the energy. Use whatever tongue or ritual you choose to create the strength and courage of the healing power within us all!
The Church of the Horse emphasizes absolute freedom of religious expression. Our objective is to give back to the horse the power, honor, love, and respect they have evoked so magnificently over the centuries. The time is now to do that which is right.
I would like to close with the Lord's Prayer, or the Navajo Hymn of the Horse, or the immortal words of Rumi, born in Persia 800 years ago, describing the Power of Love.
Instead, I give thanks to my own horse, Hobby, and my friends Daisy and Dolly, for all they have taught me. I would not have come so far without the constant support of my Diane, who loves me no matter how stinky my boots get.
Heartfelt thanx to Eileen, Alley, Heather, Cathy, all the Jessie's, and especially Nicole, who taught me not only the details of mucking, but also showed me the simple pleasure of being with horses.