All things does love bear.
And in all things endure.
So why am I left wanting more?

In all things love hopes.
And in all things believes.
So why am I left so unsure?

Love is not arrogant.
And has not it’s own way.
So why do I feel left behind?

If love is so patient,
and never resentful,
Why does it feel so unkind?

Well, love is just love. Itself does not think. Nor will love ever end.
To offer our love is our only drink. Only then will our hearts start to mend.

The gift of love is ours to pass on. So strive to give more every day.
The only thing that is left when we’ve gone is the love that we’ve given away.

The horse shown in the picture above (by Bruce Ackerman) is Rugged Lark. ‘Lark’ was a two-time AQHA Super Horse (1985 & 1987) and the first Super Horse to sire a Super Horse. His four-year old son, The Lark Ascending, won the title in 1991. Then, he did it again when his son, Look Whos Larkin, won the 1999 AQHA Super Horse.

Rugged Lark won major awards in NINE different events with points in Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Trail, Hunter Hack, Reining, Working Hunter, Western Riding, Pleasure Driving, and Barrel Racing.

Photo is by Lesli Groves.

And this one. The photograph was taken by Bob Tarr at the 1989 Festival of Champions. Yes, that’s Lynn Palm jumping Rugged Lark without a bridle. They complete a pattern, with many jumps, with no bridle. This was an exhibition during Lark’s “retirement”.

Finally, we get to the good part. This horse was an amazing athlete. And he won many, many things. BUT, he had a much more important quality… Rugged Lark loved.

What did he love?
Everything. Everyone. He just loved. The following pictures are the ones seldom seen. These aren’t plastered all over the internet. In fact, I couldn’t find any of them. They were scanned in from a book that was given to me as a gift from Rugged Lark’s owner, Carol Harris. Here is a link if you’d like the book – America’s super horse: The story of Rugged Lark.

The horse that can be shown as much as Rugged Lark and still perform in all of the exhibitions he performed in is truly a great horse.

But the stallion that’s been hauled, trained, shown, handled and bred as much as Rugged Lark and still enjoy the company of people, both young and old, the way Rugged Lark did – that’s beyond words.

Most old show stallions tolerate people at best, are more commonly ill tempered, but can be absolute monsters. You know the drill… you go to work, get chewed on by the boss, complete a great project and no one cares, get stuck in traffic and finally get home. You’re not exactly dishing out the love at this point are you?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most of us worry more about the love we are given than the love that we give.

Luke 12:20-21
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves
but are not rich in what matters to God.”

Rugged Lark was a performer. There is no doubt he had earthly fame. His calling though, was to offer any man, woman or child (especially the kids) as much love as they could stand.

The country song says, “It’s only love when you’re loved in return…”

Horse Shit.


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