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        06-23-2014, 01:24 PM
    Thank you all for sharing your stories ! Very touching and inspiring to read.

    I, with all honesty , tell people that Sonny is my therapy. My grown daughter has bipolar disorder , and was unable to parent her child. I took custody of him when he was 7, he just turned 17 last week. He is a good child,,errr...teenager, but we've had our troubles with academics and a little bit of behavior issues in school because of his adhd. Long story short, I often feel overwhelmed with life,,having been a single parent for over 30 years with a few years break in there from the time she finished school untill I took custody of him. I get refreshed and renewed and once again feel able to handle it all after going to the barn and getting my dose of equine therapy. It doesnt matter if we have a great or a crappy session, the therapy still works.

    I'd love to put together a collection of these types of stories. I think it would make a good book ! When I have time, I will contact each of you to see if you would be willing to give permission to have your story included-anonymously-no names. Who knows if I'll ever get enough stories to make a whole book, but these are a great start....

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        06-23-2014, 04:05 PM
    HA! Think I fixed it!
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        07-03-2014, 08:49 PM
    Another story about Ben Blue and the river.

    As you read before Ben was very afraid of water when I got him, but with patience and work he got very confident and was good to ride in a valley near us that had a river winding through it.

    One day in February it was a nice, mild sunny day ( you have to remember that this if Feb. In Ontario) and I went out to the barn for a ride. I thought I would ride down to this valley and see what it was like. There was snow on the trail but not too deep. I got to the first water crossing and it looked ok, no ice on it and I thought we could get across it ok. What I forgot was that there was a bank with about an 18" drop and then a short walk through some rocks to the water. Well the river was high and this bank was under the water. I asked Ben to go into the water and he did this with no fuss, apparently he forgot about the bank as well because he stepped out and stumbled into the water, then he was scrambling around on the rocks trying to get his footing, then he half turned and with a mighty leap jumped out onto the ground. I went a$$ over tea kettle back into the river and all I saw of Ben was his backside heading up the trail and out of sight. I climbed out of the river and was sitting on a rock with my boot off emptying the water out of it and I heard a noise behind me. Ben had come back! I quickly put my boot on and walked over to him, very glad to see him as it was a long walk back to the barn. Now I had a little dilemma, the BO had given his wife a new saddle for Christmas hoping it would encourage her to ride and she asked me to ride in the saddle to help break it in. What to do, should I leave the saddle and come back for it or just ride in it with my wet clothes. I decided to ride back in the saddle, got on and when we started out Ben gave 3 good bucks. This horse had never bucked before so I think he was telling me what he thought of the whole situation.
    In order to get back quickly without overheating the horse I would trot a little then walk a bit but it was a cold ride and the last walk to the barn had my teeth really chattering. I put Ben in the barn with a couple of blankets on and went to the house where I was given some dry clothes and a hot drink.
    Neither Ben nor I had any ill effects from this ride, can't say the same for the saddle as it had a water mark across the seat that never came out. As the BO"s wife never did ride, I bought the saddle and rode in it for many years and often I would look at that water mark and remember my Feb. Ride with Ben.
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        07-10-2014, 01:53 PM
    Ben was a champ! Any more stories... ?

        07-10-2014, 05:54 PM
    That's about all the stories about Ben. When I got him (practically for nothing) he had a few bad habits, running away and spooking and warp speed for home. This was probably reflected in the price I paid for him but we worked on his problems and since he was basically a good honest horse, we were able to solve them and he turned out to be a really good riding horse, very honest and dependable

    I guess there is one more now I think of it. The first time I took him out he ran away with me. I just had a snaffle bit on him and had a lot of trouble getting him stopped.
    I went to the tack shop and bought a Pelham bit. Went out for a ride and picked a nice spot with good footing (in case he ran away again) asked for a canter and sure enough he started to pick up speed so I let him go for a bit then checked him back with the bottom rein and the curb chain broke in two, Ben just kind of hesitated for a second then really took off at top speed. Again it took a while to get him slowed down.
    The next day I went back to the tack shop, slapped their bit on the counter and told them what I thought of their equipment and that I could have been killed. They apologized and gave me the best curb chain in the store.
    Went back and rode him again and was able to stop him when I wanted to and he quickly gave up the idea of running away. Once he knew I meant business he gave in easily and as I said turned into a wonderful riding companion.

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