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        03-26-2013, 12:27 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    Oh one last thing that sums up my mare is that she is my Laughter :) no matter what she makes me laugh. She is quite a silly horse :)

    To me laughter is important :)
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        03-26-2013, 12:41 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    Horses are a part of my soul. I have always felt so connected with them, even when I was very young. I have always felt like I could read their thoughts and feel their energy. When I am in the pasture with our herd, I feel so alive and happy. I love horses for who they are, quirks and all. Each one is so unique. They are such amazing creatures, so docile and willing to work with us, yet so wild at heart. Maybe they just remind me of myself and the person I have always wanted to be, but never could.

    I honestly believe I NEED horses in my life. Without horses, my life would be incomplete. It's tough to explain to people who don't understand, and sadly, even the most dedicated horse people I know look at me like I am insane when I start talking about this topic.
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        03-26-2013, 01:20 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    My therapists, my employers, my personal trainers, my alarm clock....the reason my wallet is empty...
         
        03-26-2013, 01:29 AM
      #14
    Trained
    The biggest brown furry thing I own <3 So good for snuggling even though he hates it (but secretly loves it).
    I'm going to say it's like the connection someone would have with their child. If he is in pain I can't function, I'm a mess. If he's happy and doing well I am so elated and want to show him off to everyone. There is nothing I wouldn't do for him. I don't care if I'm flat broke, single and have no friends left as long as I have my horsey happy and in a safe place I am happy.
    Its a huge bonus that he happens to be CDI and national level dressage material because training and working with him to that level has been the biggest reward. He is such a cool horse and has a huge personality which has been my biggest challenge to work with.
         
        03-26-2013, 08:19 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Thank you all, keep those ideas comming! :)
         
        03-26-2013, 08:21 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Horses are my life.

    When I build a bond with one, I feel a connection that only other riders will understand. I feel like at the end of the day, horses are the only thing that I can trust and depend on to not intentionally hurt me. It's also therapy in many ways, because no matter how stressed my day is going, as soon as I walk into the barn all of that stress starts to disappear. They are also the source of many hugs and in a lot of ways have helped me become a better person, a more compassionate person and have helped a lot with my shyness and self understanding.

    If someone offered me $10,000,000 on the condition that I could never ride again, I wouldn't even have to think about turning it down.
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        03-26-2013, 07:47 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Horses are the peace in my life. Some people go running to clear their head; I ride my my horse. No matter how stressful of a day I've had, heading to the barn after work and getting to ride always leaves me feeling much more content and relaxed. They are better therapy than any psychiatrist. They are not just a hobby, they are a lifestyle.
         
        03-31-2013, 10:45 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Thank you all so much
         
        03-31-2013, 10:50 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    Peace. Right now, they are the only thing that brings me peace.
         
        03-31-2013, 11:31 AM
      #20
    Started
    Hmmm... one of the best quotes can describe what horses mean to me to the very letter. - From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, its just a horse" or,
    "that's a lot of money for just a horse". They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, of the costs involved for "just a horse". Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a horse", but I did not feel slighted.
    Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse", and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a horse" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. "Just a horse" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure, unbridled joy. "Just a horse" brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person.Because of "just a horse", I will ride early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse" , but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a horse" brings out whats good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a horse", but a thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a person".
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