You must truly love horses to feel the connection.... Our lives with horses are rich with feeling.
If you've ever... Choked back tears watching a new foal wobble to his feet for the first time...
Or watching your good horse wobble to his feet after surgery...
Or seen the ends of the reins float straight out as a reining
horse spins beneath them... Or chuckled to yourself as you watched a tiny tot
on a patient pony trot through a barrel pattern at a saddle club play
day... Or felt the building tremble as an eight-up hitch of feather-legged
giants pulled a hand-carved beer wagon into the arena... Or had your
heart stop when you saw your horse lying motionless in the pasture on a
sunny day -- and waited breathlessly to see an ear flicker...
Or cheered at the screen when The Man From Snowy River slid
Dunnie down the mountainside, or when Seabiscuit made his final surge to beat War Admiral...
Or cruised along the highway and seen a horse in the pasture and
wondered what he's like to ride...or pictured him as a prospect... Or
sucked in your breath as a horse and rider approached a six-foot wall...
Or sworn a solemn oath to your horse that together you would
triumph...Or flipped through the TV channels and stopped when you saw a
horse...even when it was a commercial.. .
Or laughed aloud when you rubbed your horse's face and he rubbed back...
Or gotten chills hearing Dave Johnson's "...and DOWN THE STRETCH
THEY COME!" (Or "Run For The Roses" circa 1980ish?)
Or stood in awe at your horse in morning play as he sprinted
around the pasture, then stopped, head erect, and snorted defiance at the
rest of the world... Or been thankful to see wild horses grazing casually at
the foot of a hill... Or felt calmed by the sleekness of a silky haircoat beneath your hand...
Or felt your jaw drop as you watched a Lipizzaner perform a capriole...
Or if you've ever seen someone in the grocery store wearing a
certain kind of hat or boots or buckle, or have a certain cut and length to
their jeans...and felt some remote kind of connection.. .
Or felt warmed by a soft-nicker greeting you as you entered the barn...many times.
If you've ever been moved by any of these feelings, you know you are a horse person.
Thank goodness we have our love of horses to help us on our journey.
One of Gods greatest gifts to us!!