The Gathering Herd

~ a storytelling circle for horse lovers ~

WEDNESDAY from 6-7:30 P.M.

January 22, 2020

Home Base Housing

540 Montreal St. at Joseph

FREE ADMISSION

We meet in the boardroom and watch films!

The Gathering Herd

We'll be starting the new year with a classic horse film:  Black Beauty.  Published in 1877, in the last remaining months of Anna Sewell's life. As a novel, it had an immediate success and contributed to an increased awareness in horse welfare.

Sewell did not write the novel for children. She said that her purpose in writing the novel was "to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses"—an influence she attributed to an essay on animals she read earlier by Horace Bushnell (1802–1876) entitled "Essay on Animals".Her sympathetic portrayal of the plight of working animals led to a vast outpouring of concern for animal welfare and is said to have been instrumental in the abolition of the cruel practice of using the checkrein (or "bearing rein", a strap used to keep horses' heads high, fashionable in Victorian England but painful and damaging to a horse's neck. Black Beauty also mentions the use of blinkers on horses, concluding that this use is likely to cause accidents at night due to interference with "the full use of" a horse's ability to "see much better in the dark than men can."

PLEASE BE PROMPT IN ARRIVING on Wednesday, January 22 as it's a longer film than is usually played.  Doors will be open at 5:45 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.  And someone in attendance will be taking thedoor-prize film home!  

As always, admission is FREE and light refreshments are provided.  

For more information, please visit the contact us page.

 

How the circle started . . .                                                        and reflections on past gatherings . . .

NOTE:  pictures are not always taken at the gathering.

On January 20, 2016,the launch of the storytelling circle featured Lawrence Scanlan, locally and internationally known author of Wild About Horses, Little Horse of Iron and The Horse God Built.
He also had the good fortune to write the now-classic The Man Who Listens to Horses - the story of Monty Roberts, and Healed by Horses.

 

Clockwise from top: MC meets Franz; Gonzo pulls up a chair; Patricia and MC say hello; MC says hello to Dawn (S.); MC endorses the storytelling circle.

It was a remarkable evening at Horse Centered Reflection on JUNE 22, 2016.  We sat in a horseshoe (of course) and MC was able to navigate his introductions to each person easily.  Gonzo chose to cruise the outer limits of the circle.  Given that these horses (along with Spirit) are engaged as co-facilitators in equine-assisted personal development, it was difficult not to consider that, in their own way, MC and Gonzo, were part of The Gathering Herd and imparted their own healing horse wisdom - silent and penetrating as it is sometimes - to all the storytellers.  We were blessed to have 13 people gathered that evening!