Seeing The Details

By Terry Golson

I think that the big picture is cute.


The view from on top gets even cuter. There’s a whorl in that skunk mane. It’s a part of my horse that cannot be tamed!


As a trainer, I’ve learned to break down behavior into the smallest possible components, find success at the first of these smallest of steps, and then build the big picture from there.

You can do that with cute, too.

Those ears are adorable.


Look closer. There’s something special about them.

The tip is a straight line! Which goes into a sharp curve. The rest of the ear is short and squat, like well-bred Paint horse ear should be.


I’ve had Tonka for five years and I’ve only this week noticed that straight line in his ear. What else haven’t I seen?

What small detail makes you smile? How long did it take for it to be revealed to you? Tell me in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Seeing The Details

  • Louise

    We have an all-gray cat. When she was young, we noticed that her whiskers were black. She’s now 18 years old and I just noticed recently that all her whiskers are now gray!

  • Pam Levy

    That really is the cutest ear!!!

    My paint mare, Sunny, has an almost perfectly shaped heart on her neck. I’ve had her for 11 years, and I swear I only noticed it last summer!

    • Terry Golson Post author

      I still don’t have all of Tonka’s markings memorized, and depending on the season, and length of hair, he looks different. Maybe Sunny’s muscling changed so it was more noticeable?

  • Rebecca Stedman

    This probably sounds crazy but…..I think letting go leaves room for letting in. You have room in your thoughts now….while some stress and decision making have been resolved. Saddle up and enjoy those little things.

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