I noticed lately Freedom had just not been himself. With the shorter days and less time to play outside with Angel and with so much excitement going on with the new Virtual Horse Character who will be coming to life soon and joining us at Voice For The Horse, depression had pretty much set in for Freedom, as he felt his days with Angel and Voice For The Horse were over.
When Freedom showed up only as a “Flat Stanley” in June of 2012, he was head over heels with how much he was doted on. To be back with Angel, reunited over two years since they first met, was more than he ever dreamed could happen for him. After his first Adventure to Hastings Park, he knew he wanted to transform to a horse to be closer to Angel in fact; but this was not to be for Angel did not want to lose her “Flat Stanley” … so the only other option for our unnamed “Flat Character” was to become a PR Person/Figure for VFTH – thus many new Adventures hence came our way!
Freedom’s biggest dream ever came after he in fact spent the day down at Hastings Park Race Track in Vancouver, B.C.; the day jockey Mario Gutierrez was to ride “I’ll Have Another”. Sadly as we all know this did not happen. But our “new Flat Character to be” was so entranced with the horses he saw being galloped around the track, he shared with me it would be his next dream (as he now realized that Dreams Do Come True!!) was to go for a fly around the track with Mario – yes Mario Gutierrez – this Flat Character does not dream SMALL DREAMS! However Freedom feels today that the attention he once received from the team at VFTH, would soon be passed on to the new Virtual Horse, after all this new Virtual Horse Character literally is loaded with the technology to go around the world in “light speed” because he is uploaded to a phone app, and is pretty much being developed to be every child’s best friend as he has lots of lessons to teach them, and in particular how to stay “STRONGER” in challenging times, like when they by chance experience one of the many bullies in our world today. Through the empowerment of “authentic horse power energy” these kids will stay “STRONGER” because of the lessons our Virtual Horse Character teaches to include The Virtues Project and other educational resources to help them combat the bullies of the world. Freedom’s confidence on topping this responsibilty of a “Virtual Flat Stanley Character” hit rock bottom this day.
When I learned this was Freedom’s biggest fear and concern, I sat him down and told him never ever would he not be a part of Voice For The Horse. In fact I told him if we were so lucky to ever have the opportunity for our two special Flat Stanley Character’s go for a ride around the race track with Mario, he would go first! That’s right! Freedom was so delighted he actually cried tears of joy. I reassured him we loved him very much and he would always be #1 with VFTH. Then I took him out to the field and tied him snuggly into Angel’s mane where the two of them spent the day grazing it away. I even noticed Angel slip away with Freedom down into the trails to the forest … not quite sure what went on in there!
We look forward to a fun and successful 2013 with many new Adventures to come! See at ALL at the races!
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Learn more about The Virtues here http://www.voiceforthehorse.com/viewcategory/686
Freedom wants to be a Race Horse!
Our newly annointed Flat Character – Freedom had so much fun in the summer of 2012. He got to be with the “love of his life Angel” and hang out with lots of kids like Sara who toted him everywhere with her! Oh to be loved …
After many years seeking a way to forever “bridge the gap between horse and humans in our modern day world” the photo below depicts a very big part of our mission ~ having people touch, feel and engage with horses on a level that is well outside the showring in fact and within the heart of the many who simply love the horse for “who it is they are”. At Voice For The Horse we believe everyone should have the opportunity to connect with horses on a level available to them which gives us “our why” to develop further programming where our children, parents and teachers may share in our celebration and love for the horse!
In the photo below is VFTH Mascot Mischief (on the left) ridden by local writing competitor of VFTH 1st Annual Children’s Writing Competition 2011, Katie Bachmann from Pitt Meadows, B.C. and Yvonne Allen from Voice For The Horse on VFTH Mascot Angel; a brother/sister team! Our new friends are Karen and Carmel from a nearby medical building taking a stroll on their lunch break!
It only takes riding the horses through a strip mall and other shopping areas for people to gravitate to the horses. These horses are admired and loved by everyone who meets them.
Impressed by her size, energy and kindness, David was in awe when he met Angel and her little Flat Stanley Friend who is transforming to a horse to forever live his days out in the field with Angel! See 1st post on the bottom of our blog to learn about the amazing love story that has evolved since Flat Stanley and Angel met three years ago! David is from Austin, Texas and was so impressed with the VFTH Project he took Angel’s Flat Character back home with him (with Angel’s permission of course!).
Not quite sure who is charming who here!
Matthew McCormach – Grand Prize Winner of the VFTH International Writing Competition 2011 – Subject Wild Horses and his guest from Missouri, U.S.A. will be flying to the ISPBM (International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros) in July 2012!! Matthew very much looks forward to his trip and promises to bring back a great story for us! Although a Canadian born organization, Voice For The Horse reaches beyond our borders to create awareness for both our younger generations and of course our horses with the mission to “Bridge the Gap between Horse and Humans in our Modern Day World”. We invite you to join us and be a part of our virtual and social media platform created to forever engage us ALL with these wonderful animals!
Visit our Online Presentation Page for the 1st VFTH International Children’s Writing Competition 2011
Matthew: Thank you for sharing the following kind and thoughtful words with Voice For The Horse …
“Everyone has a hobby or task that they love. Volunteering is one of the hobbies that I enjoy. I particularly like to spend time helping animals such as horses. For two years in high school, I volunteered at a therapeutic riding facility for children and adults who are disabled. I would help individuals with various mental and physical disabilities learn to ride horses. As I would walk alongside the horse and rider, I made sure the pupil was sitting up straight, holding the reigns properly, but most importantly, feeling content and special. This was such a joy for me and for everybody who was involved in the therapeutic riding lessons. Everyone whom I volunteered with at this fantastic facility, including the horses, was so upbeat. Associating with horses and helping the less fortunate feel like they were on top of the world was definitely a win-win situation.
I have also volunteered for years at a large animal rescue facility. I clean stalls, brush horses, hand out treats, and make sure each animal is treasured. Seeing horses and other farm animals bounce back from a previous life of abuse or neglect at this rescue facility is such a great feeling. Knowing that I was involved in the recovery effort of suffering animals puts a big and rewarding smile on my face.
I would encourage others to get out and volunteer! Maybe volunteering with animals is not your thing. There are countless other volunteer opportunities to embrace. I would encourage everyone to play a part in making the world a better place. Something as simple as a friendly greeting or gesture to a person (or an animal ) truly does make the world a happier, better place to live”.
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
It is our youth of today who will manage our world tomorrow. Matthew McCormach sets a fine example of giving back and nurturing many horses who have been left by the wayside. A beautiful gift of love and compassion which we encourage at the Voice For The Horse Foundation
A heartfelt and thoughtful weekend was spent with our newly emerged Flat Stanley Character contemplating just who he was going to evolve to be as joins up with us in our organization. With so many possibilities to choose from, after watching the Disney movie “Spirit – the Stallion from Cimarron” it was quickly decided the character our Flat Stanley was to become was one of our team of PR Figures (pardon the pun here!). His image and personality would reflect that of a wild horse who will always live his life in freedom, thus his name annointed is “Freedom”! This character will be one who helps and encourages our children to dream not little dreams with only a slight hope they may come true but BIG dreams where children know they can come true!
We would love to share with you this amazing Disney movie; Spirit the Stallion of Cimarron and have all the videos uploaded from You Tube Here
Voice For The Horse
After watching the Disney Movie “Spirit, the Stallion of Cimarron” our Virtual Flat Character has destined him/herself to transform into a wild horse figure where the life he lives out will be in freedom.