Monday, May 13, 2013

Life-long Love for Horses

Yesterday my cousin Pam said she had accomplished something on her bucket list. She bought a horse. Not just any horse, but a Paso Fino, one of the finest riding horses. I have always wanted to ride a Paso Fino. They are small horses with a gait so smooth a rider can hold a tray with a glass of wine in one hand and not spill a drop.

Pam rescued her three year old from a horse farm in Florida where the owners lost the farm through foreclosure and abandoned the horses. Now, Pam is not a young girl, though she looks younger than her years, and she has not yet ridden the horse, but she is doing what I would do if I had the land to keep a horse. She goes out to the farm and feeds him, she takes him for walks, loves on him and brushes him.
She watches him run in the pasture and says he has made her extremely happy. I can believe that. Horses are the most beautiful animals in the world to me. I can sit in a field and watch horses graze and I smile. From the age of ten, I wanted nothing as much as I wanted my own horse. I didn't get that horse until I graduated from college, but she was worth waiting for. My beloved mare, Pretty Thing, came into my life, thanks to my brother, Max, and a thirty year love affair began. When she was thirty-two years old, thin and frail, I had to put her down. It broke my heart, but she left me some great memories. 

Someone who knows I have had a life-long love for horses sent me the following link:

These are some of the most beautiful animals I've ever seen. If you
want to be impressed and awed by them, watch this video.


Anonymous said...

Hi Glenda, I loved this post and the video. Keep writing and riding whenever you can.

Glenda Beall said...

Thanks, Abbie. I like to photograph horses now more than riding. As much as I would love to be able to ride again, I am way too out of shape and afraid of an accident that could leave me crippled.
Age and health problems bring a little more caution to mind these days, but in my youth I took several spills, once breaking my foot when my mare fell on me.
Thanks for commenting, Abbie.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

How sad that you had to put your horse down. I know how heart-breaking that was, but it was wonderful you had the horse 30 years. What a sweet story. I sure wish I had a place to keep a horse. I love horses, too.