My love for horses developed early on in life. My family members say I gravitated towards horse figurines, books, pictures, and clothing when I was only months old. So, naturally, they threw me up on a pony when I was a year old. Much to their surprise, I outgrew ponies by the ripe age of two; therefore, they found me a horse instead. I had a knack for horses, and because my mom and aunt grew up owning, riding, and showing horses, horsemanship was in my blood.
Mom and I were going through some old pictures the other day and I kid you not, 80% of them were pictures of me with horses. So what did I do? I "Instagrammed" them, to give them a vintage effect, because let's face it. That was twenty years ago!
Over the years, I have owned several horses and ponies - one I saved from a slaughter house, one I got for Christmas, and one I got for my birthday. It was a girl's dream, I tell ya! Did I mention they lived in my backyard? It was heaven looking out my window and seeing tails swishing and hearing friendly whinnies. I showed for a few years, here and there, and I still have a shoe box of ribbons in my closet that serve as sweet reminders. Once I applied for UT, my dad felt it was necessary to find loving homes for my fur friends. I wouldn't be at home to take care of them, and I certainly couldn't afford to board them on campus. So I said my farewells. I still kick myself for agreeing to that, because I ended up not living on campus, after all. I still come across some old halters, brushes, bridles, and hoof-picks in the shed. They bring back so many fond memories of me trotting around the backyard, riding across the street and into the lake for a bath, and even sitting on the hay bale while they ate. I just loved the company of a horse.
I know that I will own horses again in the future. I dream of buying a house with a few acres, so I can fence it all in and let horses roam my front yard. I will rekindle my passion for riding, because it's one of the biggest parts of who I am. I miss it. I love it. I will do it again, someday.