When retired from TROT, Rama came to work in Adventures In Awareness.
She lived at Prescott's Chapel Rock Retreat Center working with
campers, adults on respite and the Prescott College students learning
Experiential Education with the help of horses. Rama moved with the
five other AIA herd members for our year of research with Horses of
Hope in Baxter Springs, KS. She enjoyed the long mosey walks bareback
around the cornfields.
Later in her early twenties when barefoot came into my consciousness
and her dream messages to me of her hooves as tree trunks growing into
the ground, Rama transitioned to no shoes with the help of Wayne Sikes
and achieved working soundness under David Landreville's regular
nurturing care. As our old Tucson barn, AIM HIGH, was closing out to
become a school, Rama spent a year on pasture with Linda & Shelly at
their lovely Apache Springs Ranch in Sonoita. She was individually
stewarded by the conscientious and capable Cathy Caplan.
Our last four years have been based here in Tucson at Raven Ranch.
Individually stewarded and deeply loved by Claudia who groomed her
several days a week and walk trotted her out on the poop trail track
while allowing her to roll in the sandy Pantano Wash. Rama loved
working in Adventures In Awareness. Last Sunday morning she worked
with a group of Journaling with the Help of Horses participants.
Contentedly she enjoyed the Con Su Permiso sharing of energy with
several of the adults drawn to her heart field. Several months ago,
REATA Vet. Clinic diagnosed final stage kidney disease. Her time
would be definite and clear - a mimic colic, dehydration and no cap
refill; her red blood cells exhausted by a suspected tumor. At lunch,
Rama showed no interest in her food and water and developed a tucked
up pain in her tummy agitation. Dr. Ann Pearson was already in the
barn dealing with Brownie's mystery injury of swollen right front leg
and chest; she made Rama comfortable and I had the afternoon to
finish. "It is my time", Rama tells me. "Ok dear and treasured
friend I will help you to leave." At dusk, on poop trail's favorite
rolling spot, she faced the west and was laid to rest. The sky took
on the pinkish glow associated with Vargas. Anna Calek said, "Vargas
I am so grateful she went with such dignity and grace; she lives
always in my heart. What a rare privilege to have 29 years with a
precious soul mate, teacher and friend. Each night as I tucked her
in, I would wrap my arms around her neck and smell her pungent burnt
cinnamon smell. She came into my dreams that night. Frolicking with
Vargas, Saudi, Buckingham, Diora, Bintina and Dolly; I awoke feeling
peaceful joy. Her smell lingered. My first conscious thought, "She
has no more pain." Thank you Rama; I appreciate your Presence.
Tucson, AZ November 15, 2009