Friday, October 8, 2010
The Struggles of Owning a Horse
Stuggles of owning a horse? Yes, I know them very well. Multiply the stuggles of owning a horse by 8 and you will have a glimpse into my life. Not only do I own 8 of my own horses, but I also train and care for other people’s horses. Owning a horse can be a struggle… financially, physically, and mentally. But it is also rewarding. Whenever I have a bad day, Breeze listens. Without interupting! When I feel like I am helpless, Achilles empowers me. When I am bored, Spirit makes me laugh until my ribs hurt. Each horse has something to offer. Every day at least one of my horses teaches me something. I am literally addicted to horses. When I am not out in the barn with them or on the trail, I am thinking (or dreaming) about them. I think that sometimes horseowners forget how lucky they are to have an equine friend waiting for them to take them on the next ride. Many people get too wrapped up in what they think their horse “should” be doing to appreciate what their horse is doing. That statement may not make sense to some of you who read this blog, but to those of you who know what I mean: I hope you go out tomorrow and have a meaningful ride (or groundwork session) and let your horse know that you appreciate all that he does for you.