Beloved horseman, Ray Hunt, passed away Thursday, March 12.
Many years ago I was able to attend his clinics, always as a spectator, and always there to learn…not just about horses. This type of horsemanship changes human lives too! Ray had a sparkle in his eyes, he was a person you could tell was doing what he loved, living his calling.
Ray was often called “The Horse’s Lawyer” because he spoke for the horse, he saw things from their perspective. Many a time he would be giving a clinic and say, “I’m here for this,” gently pointing to his horse. He was there for the horses, and oh what we learned along the way too.
For his successes, acclaim, and awards, his heart and focus remained unchanged. Though it is terribly sad to see him leave our presence, he did leave his light and lessons. It wasn’t just the horses you’d see relax and change at these clinics, us humans changed too…usually learning much slower than the horses, but oh did we learn!
I respected Ray because he was never out promoting products or in it for money, he was simply, steadfastly, dedicated to harmony with horses, gentle horsemanship.
I always left his clinics feeling better as a human being for having gone, always learning something new about horses or being reminded of the basics. He took time to answer questions thoroughly and never judged a person. He was all about making positive changes for the horses, and the natural result, was always positive changes for their people!
He was stern when he had to be if someone was hard-headed, not because he was unkind, but because he was kind. He couldn’t see a horse (or a person) troubled and leave them that way if they were open to “offering the horse a better deal.”
I’m saying many prayers for his family and close friends. I can only imagine if there are horses in Heaven, Ray is getting to see the fruit of his labor! He is finally seeing the unending impact he has made in their lives and us humans too.
I imagine God has a special place in Heaven for those who have taken care of the Maker’s animals. I can only imagine his welcome to Heaven, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Ray will be sorely missed, he was truly one of a kind. I’m thanking God He gave us Ray in the first place. God bless you, Ray, your family and friends. What a remarkable life he had and legacy that lives on today…
At the end of every clinic Ray recited this poem from heart (I can still hear his voice!):
The Guy in the Glass
by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934
When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you King for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that guy has to say.
For it isn’t your Father, or Mother, or Wife,
Whose judgement upon you must pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.
He’s the feller to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear up to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.