Sometimes I just can't believe how much I love my horse

United States
November 12, 2008 7:46pm CST
Ten years ago, if you'd have asked me what I wanted to do with my life, I would have answered "Play Professional Golf". Well, it's been 8 years since I last picked up my clubs, because now I pick up a hoof, a saddle, chaps. I changed my entire life because of this specific four legged creature, changed where I live, what I do, how I live, who I am. I went from Golfer to Cowgirl, suburban living to rural living, Southern California to Rural Arizona, and I could not be any happier. Has your horse changed your life like this?
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@ElicBxn (60011)
• United States
13 Nov 08
No, but I was always a horse crazy girl. I rode from 5th grade thru college and a bit beyond. I never owned a horse, I still live in the 5th largest city in Texas. And, honestly, if given the choice of staying where I am with my cats or moving to the country and having a horse, it would be a very hard choice. I hate to move. I really hate to move. I hate it so much that if I never move again, it'll be too soon. I last moved in 1984.
• United States
13 Nov 08
Iknow what you mean about moving! We just moved to Arizona from Southern CA, had to get out of there, it was just getting to crazy. Now that we are here, this is it, I don't ever want to move again.
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@ElicBxn (60011)
• United States
13 Nov 08
so, what kind of horse do you have? Is that a chestnut? My monitor is so bad its hard for me to tell!
• United States
18 Nov 08
He is "red" - I think considered "Roan"? Not sure. I'd have to look at his papers. To me, he is copper, like a shiny new penny when he's all cleaned up. He's a tennessee walker, so when he moves, he gaits, very smooth, so we can go for miles without all that bouncing around. It's so much fun!
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@katran (590)
• United States
14 Nov 08
I am so jealous of you! I have loved horses since I was teenie tiny, and they have always, always been my favorite animal. My parents put me in riding lessons when we moved to Texas right before my 7th grade year, and I not only rode but also volunteered at the stable. I did mostly grunt work like mucking stalls, but I loved it anyway because I got to be around the horses. Unfortunately, I had to stop riding when I started college, and I miss it every day. :( It is one of my big ambitions to own a horse someday. I am glad that you enjoy and appreciate your horse, and I hope you two have a lot of great memories together. :)
• United States
22 Nov 08
It's so good that you volunteered like that. When my daughter started riding, there were so many kids that were just dropped off at the stable, parents not understanding all the work that was involved, and a lot of these kids needed adult help to tack their lesson horses. I ended up helping lots of them, and was so rewarded by it all. Lots of work and now, lots of friends! I hope one day you are able to get back to riding. It's really good for the soul.
• United States
14 Nov 08
Yes, I know what you mean. I grew up in a rural area and always wanted a horse as a kid. As an adult, I never felt the urge for one even though we have the room. Just seemed like more work with three kids already. Two months ago we had a starved paint show up in our back field. The police couldn't take him so we agreed to care for him. Of course, no one has claimed him and after thirty days he became ours if we wanted. I can't imagine not having him and will always believe he came to us for a reason. He's become another one of my babies and I don't mind tracking out at 6 am in the pouring rain to feed him before work. His health has improved with proper care and he seems so happy. We can't even begin training or the possibilty of riding him for awhile. He was so skinny, his backbone is still sticking up a little. Yet, I don't care. I'll be perfectly happy with him even if we neve get to ride him.
• United States
18 Nov 08
You must be a saint in human form. So good of you to take in that poor boy. How awful of someone to just let him go like that! I do hope that one day you are able to ride him, there is nothing like being up on a horse, clears the mind, you know? If anything, he'll keep the weeds down, keep snakes away and keep the brush down in case you're in a fire prone area (like what's happening in CA right now!)
@shonali (1288)
• India
28 Nov 08
i never had a horse of my own.... but the horses i used to ride and train have taught me a lot..... they have actually taught me the meaning of life and how to live it..... unfortunately both of them (scarlet and scotch) are no longer in this world and i must say that they were the closest to my heart and always will be...i have always been a horse lover since the time i learnt to walk..... and will always be a horse lover even after i go 6 feet under..... but as you put it.... these four legged creatures have taguht me a lot in my life and i intend to learn more from them as life goes by..... :)
• India
13 Nov 08
this shows u r so respective in nature and kindly nature .they changed ur life because u passionat about horse . they are one of the best pet animals . you can't treat your horse like you do with your family dogs because they are much heviour then dogs .they are herbivore you can manage by financially also . if you are to work safely with horse without compromising the very nature of horse that draw as to it,established ourselves as leader is the first and foremost task to accomplish with any horse and last one the most interesting things of horse is ' one year of horse's life is equal to an average of three year of human's life . so good luck with your horse .good luck