As long as I can remember I have been in love with horses. I love everything about them. My Mother always said my first word was pony and I started galloping about when I was 2 years old.
When I was very little and my Mother was chatting with an expected Mom, she would ask "what are you hoping for?" I always thought that meant you could pick - so I always said when I get old enough I am having a pony. Adults would chuckle but I was very serious. Now that I know about having babies I am SO glad we don't give birth to ponies - can you imagine the stretch marks!
My first horse was a skinny but flashy chestnut thoroughbred gelding called Tristram Shandy. And like many one sided love affairs, he broke my heart. When I purchased him, he had only just been backed and started and I was a very young and an inexperienced rider. Tristram was too much for me and I had no on sight coaching or trainer, so after two very frustrating years of a literal on and off relationship, I traded him for an older school master horse, Merlyn The Wizard. While Merilyn was a much better fit for me, I still cried for the flashy handsome Tristram.
I did learn lots from that first love affair. I learned my limitations, which set my path on to riding lessons and coaching with a certified trainer along with some agricultural courses for equine diet needs.
I have had relationships/ownership not only with Tristram and Merilyn but Cherri Brandy, Lystra and Joshua. There have also been those flirty short term relationships of part boarding and leasing.
Although I do not currently own or lease a horse, I continue my love affair with horses mostly by supporting friends through their mad love affairs.
The heart wants what the heart wants.
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