I think this is just beautiful. I am always moved by expressions of love between animals and humans, and always pleased to see gentleness and caring shown by boys. I wish I knew where this photo came from originally, but I don't -- I found it on Simple Sue's blog, and when I clicked the link to find its source I got a 404 error.
Macha is an Irish war Goddess, strongly linked to the land. Several Goddesses or heroines bear Her name, but She is generally thought of as one aspect of the triple death Goddess the Mórrígan ("Great Queen" or "Phantom Queen"), consisting of Macha "Raven," Badb "Scald Crow" or "Boiling," and Nemain "Battle Fury." Macha is associated with both horses and crows.