This morning I received an email from Marjo, who had visited Little Love again on Saturday, but this time with her young daughter. She had sent me a message on Saturday evening that all had gone well, but now she wanted to tell me about something that had happened, something she found quite amazing.
After Marjo and her daughter had spent time with Little Love grooming, washing her feet and walking her in the field nearby, they walked her back to her paddock. Marjo had a bag of carrots and her daughter was eager to give them to Little Love. But, when she actually had the carrot in her hand, she became scared of the big horse.
"Go ahead, it's safe to give Little Love the carrot," her mother urged the little girl.
Marjo's daughter pushed the carrot towards Little Love through the fence. Finally the carrot was only a foot from Little Love's nose, but instead of taking it, the horse stood stock still, looking at the child with her ears forward. Marjo's daughter pulled her hand back.
"Mom, I'm scared," she said.
Marjo came to stand closer to her daughter, assuring her again that it was safe to give the carrot to Little Love. The little girl brought the carrot slowly towards the mare again, until it was right in front of her face. But still Lilo would not take it, she merely looked at the child calmly. The girl pulled her hand away again, telling her mom she was too scared to feed the horse. Marjo took the carrot from her daughter and handed it toward Little Love who immediately stretched her head out and took it.
"I couldn't believe it," Marjo wrote. "It was obvious that Little Love could feel my daughter's fear and she didn't want to scare her any further by taking the carrot. Now I know what you mean when you talk about emotional intelligence and how the horses always know how we feel."
I was quite moved by Marjo's email. I was also so proud of Little Love for knowing how to be with Marjo's eight year old daughter. Horses are masters of emotional intelligence and she is no different. Oh how I wish the entire world could see how wise they are!