For as long as I can remember, I have felt this deep, intimate connection towards horses. When I was a small child, I would spend weeks at my cousin's farm. I would lean against the aged wooden barn, and begin my daydreams of perhaps one day owning my very own horse. I would quietly ponder this thought, while taking in that sweet, gentle aroma of fresh hay. I would listen to the sound of the wind in the trees, my ears finely attuned to pick up even the softest of nickers from the adjoining pasture.
When I landed my first career, I was thrilled. Not at the opportunity to work, but at the opportunity to intern at the city's finest Boarding & Training Horse Stable. I learned a great deal while there, many life lessons, but none as important as the ones taught to me by my greatest teacher, Cody. When I met Cody, I understood what it was like to love someone beyond words. He was perfect, the dream I had been dreaming for so long...my stunning 3 Year Old 14.3hh Buckskin Mustang Gelding, and oh boy did I love every square inch of him! Looking back on it, I'm not sure what drew me to him...he had a temper like no other. He wouldn't allow us near him, we couldn't ride him, it was forbidden. I wanted to train him, to show him, to give him someone to love as I loved him. So, I did. A few years later, we are a team, he and I. The horse that was once terrified, spooky, and spastic, is now a Five Year Old champion Hunter/Jumper pony. We are competing in many local events, and winning big time. When I gaze at the ribbons proudly displayed on my wall, there is only one thing going through my mind. It's not the fact that I won, no, it's a symbol of just how far Cody and I have come, as a team. When everyone else was giving up on my beloved pony, I did not. He taught me how to ride, how to love, how to laugh. He's my life. Mon amore.
[IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/mac/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.png[/IMG] This is one of my friend's, Kayla riding my pony, Cody. He is a 14.3hh Buckskin Mustang Gelding! Isn't he gorgeous?