My Annie Girl

I, like many have loved horses all my life, I played with and collected Brayer horses and just about any other horse toy I could find. I never asked for a horse every one knew my dream of owning one so ...I, like many have loved horses all my life, I played with and collected Brayer horses and just about any other horse toy I could find. I never asked for a horse every one knew my dream of owning one so ...

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I, like many have loved horses all my life, I played with and collected Brayer horses and just about any other horse toy I could find. I never asked for a horse every one knew my dream of owning one so I never had to actually speak it. When we hadpart of our yard fenced in my step-dad joked and said "Jenny is going to have visions that Bart (our dog) is actually a horse running around down there." that’s howbad I had the horse crazies. My best friend and I used to pretend we were horses and trot around the play ground, we read all the Saddle Club series but both of us neverowned a horse. I do remember asking once it was around my birthday I think I was 10 and my step-dad asked me what I wanted and I told him I wanted a horse, even though I knew I couldn’t have one, he chuckled and he said to me "Owning a horse is like having a child and whenthey die it kills you." That was the last he ever spoke of it and the last time I asked. My step-dad had owned a horse and he used to team rope and did very well then his horse died and it crushed him and he never got another.

Well now I am 20 and last October I got a call from my sister-in-law from the local auction she told me there was a Buckskin Mustang yearling at the auction she wanted me to come down and see, so I did. When I got there I met up with my sister-in-law Jen and we were about to go into the sale barn when the lady who was selling her came out crying. Jen and the lady talked and when they came back over she told me that the "killers" were looking at the horse I was there to see. Right there the lady made me an offer to buy both the horses she brought down to the sale for $350.00. I was dumfounded! When I finally found my voice I said I needed to see them first and call my husband.

Annie and Roshamoved in with 4 other mustangs that are owned by my brother, my sister-in-law and her mom and step-dad. I ended up giving the sorrel to my dad and I kept the buckskin and now 10 months later Annie has made real accomplishments. Together we have overcome her bad memories of abuse and neglect, and she has found a place in my heart I reserved just for a horse like her. I’m not saying I don’t get mad at her and her at me but for all the she went through and where she is now, I can say to my step-dad, I now truly understand what you meant when you spoke of how it is to love a horse.

Unfortunately Rosha has not done as well as Annie, but I have a feeling that Rosha went threw more abuse than Annie did. We have done everything wecan think of to winover Rosha but sheisto untrusting of us so my dad is taking her back to the auction at the end of July,since shehas becomea danger but we know thatsome one with the right experience and knowledge of horses can do more for her than we can.

To love a horse is the greatest thing. Nothing is this world can describe how it is to love and be loved by one, they arein tune to your every emotion, they know your personality and they will love you for who you are if you will love them as they are. My Annie Girl is a blessing to years of wanting and dreaming. Now that the dream is a reality, and I never dreamed it could be like this. To you Annie you have come so far and together we can go even further I love you!

Jen King
Dacono, Colorado