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post #51 of 56 Old 09-21-2012, 01:49 AM
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I have a very special bond with my horse that has actually kind of surprised me. Except for two horses, all of my horses have been geldings, and I have just not had that much luck with mares until now.

I have been riding for 30+ years, and I feel silly saying this, but when I think of my Maisy I get teary-eyed. She is the sweetest, kindest horse, and the bond we have is very strong in that I love her very much, and I feel that she trusts and "loves" me in her way. Will she "save" me from a snake, no, but she will run to me when she sees me and she will stand at the gate when I put her away and not move from that spot until she can't see me, and that's enough for me.

Great thread and I've really enjoyed reading all of the posts from everyone!
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post #52 of 56 Old 09-21-2012, 08:20 PM
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My first horse Duchess and I had a special bond. I guess you would call her my 'heart' horse. When we first bought her, she had spent several years as a trail horse at a dude ranch and then a few years at a PMU farm and was pretty 'dead broke.' After we had had her for a little while though, she started showing more and more spirit. (The people who had her before certainly had not abused or underfed her, I guess just as she got more comfortable with her new surroundings it started coming out)

I was only 10 so at first she kind of scared me. My parents threatened to sell her if I didn't start riding her more, so I decided that I would get out there and conquer my fear. Once I discovered - and it seemed like she discovered - just how much fun ripping around bareback was, I rode her at least once every day - the last six years I had her I don't think I put the saddle on once.

I knew every twitch, every little bit of body language, and it felt like we could read each others minds. (But I suppose that will happen with any horse you ride once or twice every single day for eight years!) I do not believe she would have stomped on a snake for me or saved my life if I was in danger. She hated being caught and would always lead me on a merry chase in the pasture if I didn't greet her with treats in hand.

I miss her every day, even though she died ten years ago. At first I compared every other horse to her, and they could never measure up. I think now I've gotten over that, and I think that maybe my new horse has the potential to be another 'heart' horse. Only time (and a lot of miles) will tell.
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post #53 of 56 Old 09-21-2012, 08:25 PM
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Failbhe - your story reminds me SO much of this book:http://www.amazon.com/Sam-pastoral-Susan-Larson/dp/0982606990/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348273400&sr=1-1&keywords=sam+a+pastoral
A fantastic book about girls and their horses - it starts out sort of like a kids book, but gets real fast - so only for mature teens or adults (nothing graphic or anything, just very real). And a GREAT ending! I cried through the whole book, not cause it was sad but because it was finally someone else who 'got it'. :P
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post #54 of 56 Old 09-21-2012, 09:25 PM
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AshsStorm loved your story, i'm glad you're getting Stormy back he's very handsome.

Being horseless is the pits!!
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post #55 of 56 Old 09-21-2012, 11:43 PM
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I don't believe in magical bonds with horses but I do have one story about my husbands gelding. I was leading him out of the pasture at our old barn. When the owner's two dobermans came running at us with their teeth bared and growling. I was really scared. I hated those dogs any way and that didn't make me like them any more. Anyway, I thought for sure that Snickers was going to bolt and leave me there but he didn't he actually stepped beside me and stopped. I think it was more of a coincidence then anything but it was kinda cool. I think he was just so used to the dogs growling at him that he wasn't going to back down. But I would like to think he was protecting me even if that's not what it was.
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post #56 of 56 Old 09-21-2012, 11:46 PM
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Originally Posted by HorseLovinLady View Post
AshsStorm loved your story, i'm glad you're getting Stormy back he's very handsome.
Thank you so much!

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” -Kahlil Gibran
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