Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Palmyra, Wisconsin
I'm not a young person by any means but I can still relate. Parents should be happy their kids are into horses, there's so many other things they could be doing, like boys, drugs, sneaky stuff.
Horses teach so much. Independence, empathy, teamwork, compassion, goal setting, accepting failure with a positve 'try again' attitude, prioritizing, time & money management, trouble shooting & yes, sadly, dealing with loss. Proably many other things also, things you won't learn hanging out with friends at a mall.
Parents don't have to share the passion but they should understand it is a passion very important to their children that most likely will be with them for life.
My boyfriends mother was approaching her 90's & had ridden Saddlebreds as a young girl. She gave it up to raise her family. She had no regrets about that but always talked about those riding times. One day we literally hoisted her on a horse, replaced hips & all. I warned her that her hips may give out & she could end up in an ambulance. She said "That's OK, I'll smile all the way to the hospital."
She picked up the reins & after a few unsteady steps the 70 +years since she had last been on a horse were washed away. She said she felt young, strong & whole again.
Later we gave her a buggy ride pulled by a Saddlebred. To the day she passed on she talked about those rides.
The passion never dies.
Sorry about the long post.