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    08-20-2010, 04:27 PM
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Your "Heart Horse" Stories

How did you meet your heart horse? Why do you think you had such a connection? What did it feel like to ride or be with him/her?

Here's mine: It was June 22, 2008. I had just returned to riding after a bad injury. It was my weekly lesson, Sunday at 11:00. I walked into the barn office, and was told that I was riding one of the new horses, called Jerry. I was only 11, and to ride one of the new horses meant that your instructor thought that you were skilled enough to handle one of the "greenies." So, I walked down to the barn, and finally found the horse I was supposed to ride. He was extremely skinny, there was no muscle or fat to be seen on his body. He was white (technically gray), and he had scars and scrapes all over his body.
I fell in love with him at once. He would be something for me to help, something to strive to make better. So, after I rode him, I begged my parents to buy him. I begged for two years, until they finally agreed.
When I'm with Jerry, it feels like nothing can hurt me. I feel safe. I feel free from the stress of school, chores, and the drama of friends. He is my one, true best friend, and I'll love him forever.

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    08-20-2010, 08:04 PM
  #2
Yearling
Um..what IS a heart horse?
     
    08-21-2010, 12:51 AM
  #3
Banned
It's like a horse that you have a special connection to. Almost like you can read each other's minds.
     
    08-21-2010, 02:33 AM
  #4
Foal
Mine was with tessa.

She was also one of the new horses. The first day I saw her. I thought she looked like one amazing little mare. When we first got her her name was cassie. And she was skin and bones. My barn owner told me to see how I liked tessa in her lesson. So I bridled her and got up. As cheesy as it sound, as soon as I sat down in her saddle. I felt at peace. I also found out she was only 7. She soon turned into my project; and as the monthes went by I was the only one she trusted. And im not lieng. I was the only one she let ride her. And that seemed to be a problem for sharon. I was riding this mare for what ? 9 months. We had the strongest connection EVER. The my back stabbing barn owner decided it would be appropriate to sell her right from under from me. I WAS SUPPOSED TO BUY HER ! So for now. Im left heart broken. And I still cry.

_ TESSA </3
     
    08-21-2010, 02:37 AM
  #5
Foal
The family we got my horse from were friend's with my cousin. They'd been trying to sell him for a couple of years, and I am completely surprised that they didn't. He's practically bomb proof, suitable for ANY rider. Well, I tried him out once, and even though he was pretty withdrawn, I BEGGED my parents and prodded them all the time to buy him. After we built a pasture fence and a hay, tack, and shelter shed, my parents purchased him! It took about 2 years for him to come around. His previous owners weren't too kind to him, and the girl who had him before me just ran him and ran him ALL the time. Now, we have a great bond! My Dad still thinks he's just a slow pokey horse. But then again, my dad teases him a lot and Spirit is kinda weary about him. But I know the real guy underneath his act! He's a complete goof, and he's my very best friend. :) I can tell him everything, or just be silent, and he knows how I am feeling. He comforts me no matter what. I would give up everything else I had just to keep him.
     
    08-21-2010, 03:57 AM
  #6
Foal
:) I have a horse like that too. I'm trying to figure out what to write to make this short...I could write about her for ever lol.
So...I've seen an ad on craigslist with no picture. The guy was selling two horses - $75ea. I had nothing better to do, so I talked my husband to go look at them. Both were just yearlings, in a pitiful shape. That explained the "no picture" ad. Neither of them was halter broke and both were extremely skinny and people shy.
Yeah I know nobody with their head screwed right on would buy them, but I fell in love with the older one. They weren't pretty – dirty, with a rain rot.
Besides I already had a horse – she wasn’t broke either and was only 13h. I got her a month prior to this.
But there was just something in her eyes...
(Yes at this point I had 3 horses and none of them was broke or people friendly.)
I don't have the younger one any longer, had to sell her last fall (couldn't afford 4 horses).
Anyways the older one was 18 months old TB filly. I never had plans to break her. I didn't know how to ride a horse anyways. I was just happy hanging around her. I was in love with horses ever since I was a baby, but never got to be around them before.
I remember when I first managed to come close to her while she was eating and she didn't leave. I was so incredibly happy. Yeah, she was too shy to even eat in front of me, didn't want anything to do with people.
So I would just stand there watching her in amazement happy she was mine.
As time went I taught her how to lead and would take her for walks - more like a dog than a horse, lol. My farrier advised me to start putting a saddle on her. So I bought one and even though she thought it's going to eat her, we managed and she got used to it. So we would go for walks wearing a saddle. :) I would hang out with her while she was grazing and used to lean on her just for fun. She didn't seem to mind so one day I decided to climb on her. From than on I was trying more and more stuff. Fast forward...she would bend backwards for me. If she sees me she always walks up to me to say hi and get a hug. :) She is an awesome trail horse; I trust her 100% and she trusts me. We still have lot to learn. Working on collection right now. And trying to figure out how to make her pick up the correct lead. She can do it naturally I think I just don't know how to tell her what I want.
When she sees me getting a saddle she walks in her stall so I can put it on. (that's where I always do it). She absolutely loves to gallop in empty fields and is very fast.
I couldn't wish for a better horse. She will grow old with me, lol. :)
I don't have a picture of her when I first got her, the first one was taken about a month after she came here. She is the one behind.
Second one was taken few months later.
And last two are taken few weeks ago.
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    08-21-2010, 04:04 AM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by reveriesgirly    
mine was with tessa.

She was also one of the new horses. The first day I saw her. I thought she looked like one amazing little mare. When we first got her her name was cassie. And she was skin and bones. My barn owner told me to see how I liked tessa in her lesson. So I bridled her and got up. As cheesy as it sound, as soon as I sat down in her saddle. I felt at peace. I also found out she was only 7. She soon turned into my project; and as the monthes went by I was the only one she trusted. And im not lieng. I was the only one she let ride her. And that seemed to be a problem for sharon. I was riding this mare for what ? 9 months. We had the strongest connection EVER. The my back stabbing barn owner decided it would be appropriate to sell her right from under from me. I WAS SUPPOSED TO BUY HER ! So for now. Im left heart broken. And I still cry.

_ TESSA </3
That is so sad! I'm sorry.
Do you have contact on her new owners? Maybe they will decide to sell her one day and you would be able to buy her. I see it happen once a while that people find horses they used to own or ride years ago. Don't give up hope.
     
    08-21-2010, 06:34 AM
  #8
Weanling
Well at my old riding school I found the first horse so far that I could feel.
The very first time I rode her I'd only been at that school for a couple of weeks and was getting used to not riding pony's anymore, but the first time I rode her it did NOT go well. I didn't ride her for about 2 months after that. I realised afterward what I had learnt through this event and was very grateful

But then the second time I rode her it felt so different. It was like I was barely holding onto the reins but I could feel all her movements go through my hands and body and I sort off just had to think about where I wanted to go and she went instantly. From that point on I always wanted to ride her and we had some brilliant lessons and hacks. I also remember the time she stopped me getting kicked by another pony that she normally would have had a go at. And when I had to groom her, she was considerably bigger than me but was still gentle enough even her cheeky moments when she would lift her head up so I would have no chance of putting her bridle or halter on =P

Unfortunately she was on loan to the school and I heard that at her original home she had been kept in a stall for most of her life, which was probably the reason why she couldn't canter and why she was pretty much skin and bones when she came. She was 17 years old but was still sweet. I really want to know if she ever went back to her original home. I hope she didn't

I miss her, I have yet to find a horse that I have such a connection with.
     
    08-21-2010, 09:00 PM
  #9
Foal
@ all4crystal ; she was sent to a dealer. Lord only knows were she is now .
     
    08-21-2010, 10:13 PM
  #10
Foal
I'd keep an eye on classifieds. Eventually you may find her.

I'm on a different forum too and there is a girl that just found a horse that she has been looking for for years. And it is not the first time I heard of people finding teir horse after few years. It happens. :)
     

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