Donna and Dita

My name is Donna. I fell in love with horses at the young age of 4. I drove my parents crazy every birthday and Christmas begging for a horse. I dreamed of horses all the time, drawing them on paper, and reading any thing I could get my hands on...My name is Donna. I fell in love with horses at the young age of 4. I drove my parents crazy every birthday and Christmas begging for a horse. I dreamed of horses all the time, drawing them on paper, and reading any thing I could get my hands on...

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Hello! My name is Donna. I fell in love with horses at the young age of 4. I drove my parents crazy every birthday and Christmas begging for a horse. I dreamed of horses all the time, drawing them on paper, and reading any thing I could get my hands on that dealt with horses. We lived in the city so I couldn’t have a horse.

When I turned 12, my parents and I moved to a farm and Dad started building a horse pen and small barn. I had no concept of money and did not realize that my parents couldn’t afford a purebred horse. One saturday, my Mom and Dad read an ad in a local paper advertising a mare and foal at an extremely low price.

I was on top of the world when we pulled into the drive of an old farm. When the man led us back to the pasture, there stood a skinny black mare with spur marks on her flanks and a dull look in her eyes. She had a small black colt by her side. She was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. After some dealing, I was the proud owner of this abused pair. We didn’t even own a trailer and our farm was across the river from where we were.

Mom drove the car home while Dad and I walked the horses across the river, home. It took weeks to gain the trust of this mare that I named Dita and then we moved to a different farm with a lush pasture. Dita grew fat and gorgeous as we rode everyday.

I rode everyday after school and every weekend too. Dita’s trust in me grew and when all was said and done, I was the only person she would allow on her back. Through the years, I have owned many horses but Dita will always be my first love.

Donna Hendrickson
Paden, OK