March 25, 2009

Remembering Wyo

Posted in Life, Technology tagged , , , , , , , , at 9:42 pm by lindaslongview

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Wyo was a regal dark chocolate (almost black) Morgan horse.  He had a massive neck, a muscular stature, and the sweetest disposition that a horse could have. Today Wyo was laid to rest after two years of suffering from equine COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

When I was a little girl, I desperately wanted a horse, but even though dad was an experienced and able horseman it just was not to be.  As time passed, I became more urban, less rural, and I did not think much about horses after college.  Imagine my surprise when my parents retired to a ranch and (finally) bought me a horse!

I met Wyo when he was a gangly 2-year-old still in training.  It was love at first sight!  I immediately hired a trainer to teach me to ride, to tack, to muck, to groom, and be safe around horses.  Although I could only see Wyo occasionally, my trips to visit him were always joyful learning experiences.

There is an old proverb that says, “When you are ready, your teacher will come.”  It might be surprising, but Wyo was one of my best teachers.  He taught technology leadership from a horses’ point-of-view.   His lessons were few, but important:

  1. Build a relationship before you ask to lead. He led me to develop a deep and lasting bond that enabled me to confidently give commands and him to accept them.
  2. Be present. He taught me the importance of paying attention to the trail, to the beauty of the mountains that we traveled, to the possible dangers (rattlesnakes), and to the unexpected (a flock of  startled pheasant).
  3. Overcommunicate. He taught me the importance of making sure that we understood each other when working together.  We learned to open a gate without dismount and could easily move cattle between pastures.  Although I spoke and he did not, the position of his ears and his breathing told me everything.
  4. Take the lead when others cannot. He demonstrated confidence to other horses when they shied from crossing streams.  He stepped confidently into the water and escorted other horses to the other side, crossing as many times as was needed.

I miss his powerful stride under my saddle and the wind in my face, but I can still feel the reins in my hands.  Rest in peace my friend and teacher.  Your memory lives with me.  You were loved.

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10 Comments »

  1. Dad said,

    Linda:

    The post on your blog regarding Wyo was beautiful and heart rendering and I thank you for your words. Wyo was indeed a once in a life-time horse that had everything — beauty, strength, wonderful disposition, a sparkle in his eye with arched neck and tail that announced his regal presence and a abiding friendship for those who loved and worked with him. As you know, I have enjoyed riding and working with many horses but Wyo was the best and I grieve his loss. Love / Dad

  2. topsytechie said,

    Love your analogies here, Linda! Great way to share your thoughts and also honor your beloved Wyo. The blog is really looking great. My only suggestion would be to move your subscription widget to the top of your sidebar. You tend to get more response that way. It is really coming together…great work!!

    • lindaslongview said,

      Good idea. Thanks for the suggestion. My subscription widgets are now at the top.

  3. Janet said,

    Wow! How special. Sorry for your loss. How sad for you. We have a lot of horse lovers in our church so I can kind of relate.

    • lindaslongview said,

      Thanks!

  4. Sarah said,

    Oh for the love of a horse!
    I grew up around horses and E-COPD is just yucky, yucky, yucky! What a lucky family to have grown up with such a great horse! Or maybe it’s the other way around? 🙂

    Take care, you’ll be in my thoughts.

    • lindaslongview said,

      Thank you.

  5. I used to work with horses and they are special creatures – so in tune with their owners that they’re perfect mirrors. I’m so sorry for your loss. Nice post – and I love the bulleted points. You’ve got a great blog here Linda! Thank you for letting me know you started it!

    • lindaslongview said,

      Thank you for everything. You are such a pro — I hope to mirror you!

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