Hey all, as a tribute to our mamas I thought I would start a thread on how your mama has made an impact on you as an equestrian.
My mama always told me that if you love something, never let anyone take it away from you. So, the minute I got my first horse, I spent more time in the barn then I did at my house. My mama always told me that you need to find what makes you happy, and you need to pursue it to keep yourself smiling through good times and bad. When she realized that while I was in 4-H, it would be impossible for me to fit in because my horse wasn't worth thousands of dollars and I didn't have show tack encased in silver or a show clothes closet worth thousands of dollars, she helped me do my best. Even though I began to hate going to the 4-H meetings because of snotty members, she pushed me because she knew it was the riding that counted, not what the snotty people and cranky group director thought. And you know what? Because of her pushing me to practice, I beat all the people in our group my last year of 4-H, and placed 1st in Western Riding, Reining, Showmanship for 2 year olds, and I placed in barrels.
2 years ago my mama was diagnosed with a serious, rare, and aggressive form of cancer. This came completely out of the blue. She had been fine, healthy, active, nothing pointed to this. Then one night we rushed her to ER. She was in and out of the hospital, and the one thing she kept telling me was that it didn't matter what happened because if you love something you will do whatever it takes to keep it. She later told me that she loved my sister, my step dad, and me so much that she had to find a way to keep going, no matter what. Her prairie woman resilience demolished the cancer, and she is in complete remission.
Her toughness has always showed me that no matter how bad the situation is, no matter how bad you want to quit, no matter how hard it might be, you can always pull through and find a way to keep what you love.
Having horses hasn't always been easy, buy my mama always inspired me to do what I can.
I love my mama so much! She is my greatest inspiration.
What has your mama done for you to make a difference? Did you tell your mama happy mothers day today? Did you tell her you love her?