"You know that I hate not being able to do what I think I can. It bothers me to no end and I wish you guys would realise that already and let me make my own decisions! I am fifteen and I deserve the chance to make my own choices with my own self. The pain that I'm in and the things I'm going through, you can't feel it, so why should it matter if I do something that hurts me or not, it's my pain, and it shouldn't have two things to do with you!" My voice raised to a higher level. With the throbbing in my back getting worse as my voice got higher I decided to leave it at that so I couldn't get more angry.
"Ty, it's because you are my child and what you go through does affect me. You don't feel Shadow's pain, correct?"
"No." I knew where this was going.
"But when she is hurt you do everything in your power to make sure that she is as comfortable as possible, correct?"
"And you feel like you have been an irresponsible horse owner if you don't do this right?"
"Yes, but..." She cut me off.
"Well when you are hurt and you don't let me do anything about it I feel as though I failed as a mother and it makes me feel irresponsible. So that is why I am not letting you make your own decision when you are hurt. Because when Shadow is hurt I'm sure she would rather be running and bucking in her paddock, but she goes on stall rest."
I had no words to say, so I hobbled away back to the quiet of my room and cried.