Hannah and her dream

Since I was a little girl I have always been fascinated by horses. Their beauty and grace stole my interest away from Barbie dolls and make up onto "My Little Pony" and "Grand Champions". I never had actually ridden except for ...Since I was a little girl I have always been fascinated by horses. Their beauty and grace stole my interest away from Barbie dolls and make up onto "My Little Pony" and "Grand Champions". I never had actually ridden except for ...

Story originally posted by Horsecity.com Staff

Since I was a little girl I have always been fascinated by horses. Their beauty and grace stole my interest away from Barbie dolls and make up onto "My Little Pony" and "Grand Champions". I never had actually ridden except for pony rides at the county fair but I couldn’t stop from falling in love with these elegant creatures. I remember asking my parents for lessons, but they thought that it was just another passing phase and said no.

At 11, we moved to another neighborhood where one of my neighbors had a 20 year old large pony, and invited me to go riding. I was so excited I could barely contain myself, and the next day I sat in my bedroom with my sneakers and bike helmet about an hour ahead of time, ready to ride. Being somewhat accustomed to a Western saddle, the English tack she had put me in was strange and I must have been a sight bouncing around. We stuck to walking that first day but she told me about a friend who owned a lesson barn in the same horse park. I just had to make this work, I knew that horses were right for me. I had to be with them, I didn’t care what I had to give up! The next day I practiced what I would say to my parents on my big brother to convince them that I needed to take lessons. They took the bait and 1 month later I had quit the Irish dancing that I had been taking for 6 and trade my gillies (Irish dancing shoes) in for a hard hat and boots.

Now, 2 years and 2 riding schools later I am proud to say that I am just as crazy about horses as ever, and always will be. I have loved many horses so far, from flea-bitten gray ponies to tall chestnut thoroughbreds. I wish, from the bottom of my heart that this letter could different from what it is and I know that it is more interesting to hear about a horse rather than a person. I wish that it could be like the other owners e-mails in the story of equine animals. I dream of that day that I will get one and would do anything to make it possible, you see, I am not one of those young girls that thinks horses are cute, mistakes it for love and buys a pony the next day and a few years later trades it in for a dirt bike. I am truly, truly in love with this animal and will baby my first one until the day it dies. When I grow up, I think that I will breed them, train them, become an instructor, a vet, farrier or all of the above to be near this animal.

I save every penny I earn for my first horse, but living in Southern California, where property is expensive, our only choice is to board, and that is just to expensive. Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to buy a horse!

Every night after praying for peace in Afghanistan, the safety of my family and thanking God for my life, I pray that my horse will come to me soon, for anything is possible with the Lord. I must say that I can’t hide my envy for the people who ride their tall Thoroughbreds out into a ring, completely in sync with each other, for I want that bond, that relationship, so badly. So, to all riders when you mount your horse, remember to do so proudly, with confidence, and remember me and other horseless horse crazies out there and how lucky you are to have one. Respect your mount or rather, your partner and treat him/he rwith respect. Don’t be like most others in the equestrian world, nonchalant about their horses, but be excited about them and show it. Know how lucky you are to be riding.

For those that do not own horses, keep the faith alive and don’t give up just because you cant have one, love other horses at your stable like I do mine. Paints and thoroughbreds all find a place in my heart and I know they will someday find a place in my barn.

Dr. Horsecity.com… PLEASE put this on the page. It would mean so much to me to have a letter on the site that I visit everyday, the link I read all the time. I want others to know that you can still ride, have fun, and love horses without actually owning one.

Thank you,
Hannah Sherk
San Diego, CA