My First Love, The Horse

chloe and zackI’ve always loved horses I think since the day I was born. My mom and dad told me this story when I was two years old. They were shopping with me and I found one of those bouncy horses that was attached to springs and once put on this bouncy horse I was glued to it and cried when we had to leave the store. Of course I went crazy when I received this horse as a Christmas present and it was the best babysitter they ever purchased as I would ride this bouncy horse for hours on end and I even sung this song “a horsey, a horsey” as I rocked it back and forth. To me it was in my blood, this incredible bond like a magnet that was so strong I needed to have horses in my life, they define me, they make me who I am. They will always be my first love, the love of the horse.

I wish I could describe to non horse loving people what it is like to have this huge majestic animal respect you and look to you with those beautiful eyes and the connection that is created, this bond between horse and owner, it is so strong much like owning a dog. I’ve owned many dogs as well as horses and as much as I love my dogs and the bonds are very strong and the respect and love is very similar but more amazing to me is how this flight animal, this thousand pound beast lets you lead them around and put them to work and lets us get on their back and ride them! Wow, now there is a bond of trust that cannot be described unless you have felt it and the feeling is practically indescribable. This massive animal will do anything you ask and as you train them and earn the horses trust you become one as you move through your paces and flow through your routine as you exercise them around the arena. Then as you both grow in your discipline you can compete and as you learn the feeling of love grows and you say to yourself, this is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.

My discipline was Hunters/Jumpers. My horse absolutely loved to jump and having him fly over these jumps with me on his back was the most amazing thing I have ever done in my entire life. The passion one has for these feats is so strong that it can be more important than all your other dreary duties you must do in life. I wasn’t one for school. Yes, I attended and I even went to college but my main focus was my horse. Yes, I absolutely love my family, my husband, my children they are definitely miracles in my life and they define me too, but my first love is the horse. It really is just that simple and the horse will always be the most amazing thing to me as I groom them, touch their soft coat and stare into those eyes trying to understand each other. And as my horse whinnies to me as I arrive at the barn I know that I will always have a horse in my life until the day of my death, there will be a horse that someone will have to take care of as I plan on riding as long as I live. To love life is to love horses, my first love.

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