The Five Horses We Meet in Life
I was searching through the fugly blog for some information, and found a neat fill-in post she had put up some time ago. I thought it would be fun to post on here! I tried to search the forums to see if it had been posted before, but couldn't come up with anything, I apologize if it's a repeat!
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The Five Horses We Meet in Life
1. The Intro Horse.
We each came into horses in our own way, but it was always with a horse leading us. This might have been a friend’s first pony, or perhaps it was a draft horse on a farm you once visited It might have been a real-life meeting, or an imaginary one. I was escorted to the party by The Black, Walter Farley’s star horse in The Black Stallion series…
2. The Experimental Horse
Once you had crossed the line between “Darn, they’re big!” and “Wow! Can I try that?” you found yourself face-to-face with the horse that would suffer through your early attempts at figuring out the whole horse experience … wherever this horse came from, he probably didn’t benefit from the encounter as much as you did…
3. The Connected Horse
The first horses we meet don’t really connect with us, nor do we with them. Those are experiences in survival and tests of endurance. The Connected Horse is the first horse you truly bond with. This is the horse that sounds a chord that lives so deep in you that you might never have heard it otherwise…
4. The Challenger
Into each horseperson’s life, a little challenge must fall. You’ll have read that one final training book, bought yourself a clicker and heading rope, and there you’ll stand, arms crossed, assessing the situation as if you actually knew what the situation was. It might be difficult to believe, as you are flying down the aisleway on the losing end of a braided cotton line, but you actually need this horse in your life…
5. Your Deepest Heart
There will come a time when you will look at yourself with a cold, appraising eye, and you’ll have to be honest about your continued ability to deal with The Challenger and other difficult horses. At that point, you’ll seek out the horse that will be your soul mate forever… You’ll have bought him the most comfortable, best fitting equipment… Maybe you’ll still go to shows and ride – brilliantly or barely – in the Alzheimer’s class. Maybe you’ll just stay home. Whatever you do, one day you’ll realize that after all the money you spent on animal communicators and trainers, you only had to stop and listen and you would have clearly heard your horse’s thoughts and desires…
I went from 1 to 4....I wish he was a 2 but....meh.
Very good book.
I'd go first but I know I'll probably be supra-long winded (who me? Never! :oops:) So I'll let someone else start us off!
I'm like you JSB08 I went from pretty much 1 to the 4.
LOL no, but its based on "The Five People You Meet in Heaven". I had to read it for my senior english class.
If you really want to know about my 4, just look at any of the posts I've made in my membership here on HF!
My number 1 was named Ozzie. Palomino TWH, rescue, he was probably too skinny to be ridden when I was riding him, but it was mostly walking through the woods, it was probably good for him ;) . Man, was he slower than molasses. For the fist couple months, you had to beat him with a crop (or as much as a 13 year old can) to get him to just mosey forward. Later on he didn't need it, but I learned how to assert myself! I remember the one REALLY good day we had riding, I had to pushpushpush, I think I actually made him gait without realizing it. When we were done the BO yelled at me across the yard "Sam, you made him look GOOD!"
Well, tell us about them! *l* That's the point! :lol:
I've had 1. My morgan mare who I took lessons on for two years before purchasing her (we lost her last fall to colic). I've had 2: An OTTB who was an AMAZING jumper who took me up to a 5'5 with bravery. I've definitely had 4: An Appendix filly I bought aged 1.5 then rode after her 30 days at the trainer. Chipped my pelvis but she turned out cute but still green. Sold her on to some else better suited to bring her along. And I've found 5 for sure, my current horse, an Oldenburg named Bleriot, or Big B.
So I've missed out on 3. Too bad, sounds like a good horse.
1. I have no clue who/what my number 1 horse was. All I know was that somehow, when I was about 4 I started drawing horses EVERYWHERE. I had never seen a horse in real life, never touched one, but I knew I wanted one. It was 6 more years before I rode a horse the first time but that was ok since I had my drawings to keep me company. Haha
2. and 3. My two and three are the same horse really. He was the second horse I ever rode and I lurved him. He was a old boy that was lonely but somehow, I managed to brighten up his life. After we met and I started riding him and stuff, he went from being decidedly anti-social to being super social and adoring of attention. I'm not sure how that happened but whatever, he was the perfect second horse.
Lacey was 4 for the longest time but now, I feel she's turned the corner from 4 to kinda a 3, maybe a 3 1/2 right now, but she'll get there! haha
And then I haven't had my 5 horse yet but I can't wait to meet him/her!
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