I chose mine as I stumbled in from the freezing weather one morning. I had just finished barn chores and my face was numb from the cold. I forced my thawing feet to climb the stairs all the while grumbling about the cold and muttering something about feeling like a slave to the horses. I grew up all my life on a farm of some sort so the animals and the responsiblity were always there. I just wonder sometimes if keeping them is worth the hassle. It's like a bought marriage!:) We can't travel too far, animals to feed at the 8am and 5pm. Finding someone to do the chores for us is like pulling teeth and then the constant worry about their care while we are away -Jheeze! I don't even want to go there! All that time, effort and large amounts of money!!! An entire lifestyle revolving around them! No wonder my non horsey friends think I am nuts!!
Then I think back as what my life would have been without them. A possible canidate for teenage pregnancy (no time for boys if I was on a horse!). Maybe a druggie wasting money on substances that poison our bodies. The "High" I get from trail riding with good friends would top anything I could buy on a shady end of town! Of all the possible situations I imagine I can't imagine my life any other way. I am so fortunate to be able to have such great, caring and dependable four legged friends. So What if I'm numb from head to toe mucking stalls or sweating bullets while putting square bales of hay in the hot loft- I'm happy to be their slave and wouldn't trade it for the world!