Editor's Postcard

My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things
Catherine Madera

True Beauty is an Inside Job

by Catherine Madera


December 2014

Photo courtesy NWHS

A fun holiday activity is always the mystery gift exchange. Common at parties, this game usually involves many multi-colored packages being moved around a group of people who can decide to keep their gift or steal one that looks better. When the packages are finally opened and the contents revealed it is interesting to see which gifts match the appearance of the outer wrapping paper. Sometimes, plainly wrapped gifts turn out to be the most valuable.

The Bureau of Land Management will tell you that mustangs of flashy color and coat pattern are chosen first at adoptions. All those plain, brown horses are easily passed over. It’s a natural human tendency to be wowed by obvious beauty. I must admit, I would not have picked my 4-year-old mustang Mateo out of the crowd. He is a muddy bay color with minimal white. Nothing flashy about him.

Recently, while riding him down a wooded trail, I thought about outer packaging. This horse has not even been under saddle a year, but I easily ride him out alone. He is confidant, sensible, sure-footed, smart and funny. Two simple words that describe him? A pleasure. While riding, a familiar tune often played around the holidays came to mind: Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens; brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things…

Enjoy the magazine this month. It’s our always popular issue that honors special aged equine friends. And get to know the awesome people of Stonewater Ranch on page 6. This holiday season I hope you get to enjoy a few of your favorite things, as well as become acquainted with new ones that just might arrive in a “brown paper package.” Email me at editor@nwhorsesource.com.


Originally Published December 2014 Issue

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Editor's Postcard
Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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