My BF of over a year, is not/was not a horsey person. Or an animal person as a matter of fact. He grew up in town, no animals/pets, but a bunch of brothers/sisters (7). They are all very close and supportive of one another.
I on the other hand, and a HUGE animal lover. My dog is so important to be that his name is tattooed on my wrist. I've had "George" since before he was born, never intended on keeping a puppy from the litter, had two dogs already. But it was fate. George was 6 months old when my ex left me. I was a hysterical mess and the major constant that dried my tears, made me smile and brightened my day was that little Stinker. (Looking back, I was stupid for being upset...LoL...I should be thanking him for going away!)
When we first started seeing each other, I made sure to tell him how important my animals were to me. I told him my dog was number one in my life and very important to me. I said I would not give up my horses. With my ex, he didn't want me riding. Didn't want me competing. So I stopped. Never again would someone control me THAT much. I laid it on the line, plain and simple. He agreed...And I'm sure rolled his eyes. LoL
He has not rode one of my horses. But went to every single show I competed at this year to support me. As "fun" as it was for him...He helped us add 24 feet onto the barn in the scorching hot sun. He feeds horses for me if I'm unable to. Even goes to the barn with me if I'm feeding. He talks proudly when he tells stories about me and my horses. When Wrecker was born, (we had a fight the night before), He drove up immediately and congratulated me...putting our argument aside, because he knew what a monumental moment this was for me.
And over the summer at 730pm when our hay guy called and said he had 300 bales for us tonight, the other 300 tomorrow, My BF drove up without me even asking and had a smile on his face the whole time we unloaded and stacked the 2 wagons. Especially when he had to work at 6am (me 4am) Then was back the next day to do it all over again.
I must say that I am a VERY lucky girl. He just "gets it" and doesn't question me. He understands the importance of my horses and my dogs.
Especially now with my being in full time Nursing school, and working part-time, and having my animals...Its a lot. I come with quite the "baggage"...
By the way, we do things he enjoys doing too. My horse do not consume all my time, I have a life too. We go to dinner, go have drinks, golfing, we have things that "we" do, that "I" do and that "he" does. Its well balanced. Or...WAS until I started school. Posted via Mobile Device