AWAY from work, Asher Keddie has her husband, musician Jay Bowen, and the former racehorses she rehabilitates at her Macedon Ranges farm to keep her grounded from the demands and vagaries of acting.
‘‘It never ceases to amaze me, I come home after a long week, wake up on a Saturday morning, pull on my gumboots, walk outside and the horses all come down and say hello in their difference voices,’’ she says. ‘‘They all kind of squabble to get my attention. It’s not so much that it strokes my ego, it’s the immediacy of them that makes you feel good instantly, and puts you in touch with things other than work. ‘‘They command your full attention. ‘‘There’s no room to be stressed about work or full of anxiety about something.
‘‘It’s a great way to focus your energy. All animals will do this but horses in particular because they’re so hyper-sensitive.’’