True dreams die hard

I never thought I could ever luv anything with my whole heart, especially something that had four legs and was twice my size. I was one of those kids who's parents thought it best to always be involve with some ...I never thought I could ever luv anything with my whole heart, especially something that had four legs and was twice my size. I was one of those kids who's parents thought it best to always be involve with some ...

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I never thought I could ever luv anything with my whole heart, especially something that had four legs and was twice my size. I was one of those kids who’s parents thought it best to always be involve with some sort of activity. First it was swimming which went on for quite a while but then I lost interest. Then it was gymnastics, but my coach said I wasn’t the right body type. Next was piano, I was good at that but it was so boring. And then there was competitive dance, unfortunatily that took to much time. Like many of those overly busy, active kids, I never stuck with something for more than 4 years. Not because I found it difficult or because I didn’t think I could do it. But mostly because it lost the challenge.

When I first thought of trying horse back riding, it was because of a friend who had her own horse. And when I asked my parents if I could try it they were all at once to say no. I guess the image of me screaming my head off while sitting on a buckskin pony from the year before, floated to their minds. I wouldn’t blame them for not taking an instant liking to the idea and because it was more ofjust a faze than an actual craze, it passed and I got on with life. Now I must also warn you that through out my life I have been brought up with animals. From my first faithful companion, a small toy like dog, named Buttons, to a rabbit named Fred, and of course a seagull, yes a seagull named Fred Jr., to a turtle named Pokey. So you must understand that when my long time companion Buttons died at age 14 and I a mere 10, was devastated. I understood the way of life and how all good things must come to an end, but I didn’t understand why the faithful Lord had to take away one of my truest most trustworthy friends.

My parents than decided it was time for a change. And all at once I was signed up at my local stable, Foxcroft to start lessons in the fall.Well as the time came closer, I began to form many ideas about what the stable would look like and what it would be like to ride a horse. Of course none of these ideas were based of real life experences. Oh no, they were based on the knowledgeable readings from the Saddle Club series.I skimmed through books 1 through 12 and I was almost certain I’d be ready for any thing. And yet when the day came to hop on the horse, I was the kid that mounted up and fell over the other side. Thank goodness I was riding noble old Dakota, an unshakable pinto pony.

Well from that measly ride it could only get better, and so it did. Slowly, and I mean slowly! I worked my way up from the faithful little ponies, to the more reliable small horses, and so on, until today. It’s almost been 4 years since I started riding and a lot of changes have occurred during that time. One of them, is the fact that we settled for a 2 year old abandoned Jack Russell Terrier into our home, Tobby. Each year that passed I had to face some of my greatest fears in riding. From the troublesum first fall all the way to the sorrowful loss of a good friend. I see around me people my age who own their own horses, wonderful glorious horses. I see how strong the relationship between their horses grow. And if I were to say I didn’t feel a peg of sorrow or envy each time I see a rider and their horse march proudly around the ring than I’d be nothing more than a liar. Who knows, …. maybe one day, hopefully not in the to distant future I’ll meet the horse of my dreams. One where I can look into it’s large brown eyes and truly say " I understand you!". Only than will my soul be at ease, only than will my greatest fears be conquered because I’ll know I’ll never again have to face them alone. And when and if that happens will I ever be able to take on the greatest challenge of all, the challengeof accomplishing my dreams!

Sarah Taylor
Canada