In my humble opinion, there is no greater beauty than a horse. I am in awe at the sight of a herd galloping through a field. They are powerful and independent, yet they can be gentle and therapeutic. Like most little girls, I always wanted a horse. So I got the next best thing…riding lessons. I spent my childhood grooming, riding and cleaning stalls. Being a fearless kid, I quickly learned the English walk, trot, and canter and soon was competing in horse shows.
My sport taught me valuable life lessons –- the value of time management and showmanship, how to win and how to lose. I remember the long days and early mornings preparing, not only myself, but my horse for the shows. It was my responsibility to know the show schedule and know exactly when to be ready and waiting at the show gate to enter. I also learned that life isn’t always fair – sometimes it’s not your day to win, or maybe the judge liked the other horse better.
I rode for several years until I found boys. GASP…I know…I was in my early teens and thought boys were cooler (I did in fact meet my husband during this period so it wasn’t all bad). In my late 20’s I always felt I was missing something in my life. I was stressed with all the adult responsibilities that we face and wanted to find an outlet. I remembered how calming it felt just being around the beautiful beasts, so I decided I would get back into riding horses, but this time only for pleasure — I’m way too competitive and was afraid it would turn into “work” if I start competing again.
I was lucky enough to find another wonderful barn and educational trainer that found me my 2 wonderful horses, Saint and Jewel. Saint is my protector and I just feel an immense connection with him more so then any other horse I’ve ever been around. He knows when I’ve had a bad day and will just stand and listen. He also knows when to push my buttons and teach me lessons. I rescued Jewel because she was pretty and quiet (or so I thought — I swear they don’t show you their true colors until you’ve had them for a while and know you’re in love!!) A broodmare that was “thrown away” after birthing 2 foals, she was in unbelievably beautiful and smart. Riding this beautiful horse feels like you’re floating down the road in a Cadillac. Although I don’t have the same connection with her as I do Saint, she has taught me how to stay calm and leave my worries at the barn door. Because if I don’t, she misbehaves and refuses to continue with our bonding time until I do.
So what about the other horses I own? The Appaloosa is my husband Corey’s, he’s a big goof and the mini, Wall-E, is a rescue we adopted from Equine Rescue almost a year ago. More about them later…
All of my animals are so special and have taught me so much in life. I owe all of them because without them I would have never found my true calling and passion.