Every single horse I’ve ever ridden has taught me and helped me grow as a rider and a person. Working on ranches has given me the opportunity ride and work with hundreds of horses, so I thought I’d talk a little bit about the 7 most important horses in my life. Most of them I’ll never get to see again but every memory I have with them I will always treasure.
Rocus was the first horse I ever rode, and the horse that made me fall in love with it all. I will be forever thankful for this patient horse, letting a 3 year old bounce around on his back. Rocus was my kindergarten, I learnt to brush, steer, and even trot on this old boy.
Tutsin was a special kind of horse that was impossible not to love. I learnt to canter and jump on him, and even though he was a stubborn old pony he was the best babysitter I ever had. He brought me to Ambleside, which was the beginning of my riding career and the best decision my mum every made for me.
I don’t have any photos of Kara but she was the first horse I ever really loved. The first horse I had that special bond with, and felt like I could do anything on. She was the first horse that I lost and I’ll always remember the last day I spent with her.
Stella was the most incredible mare. She taught me how to ride western, how to move cows and horses, and showed me the simple pleasure of riding alone on your favourite horse. I don’t know if I would have even thought about working on another ranch if it wasn’t for this beautiful horse.
One of these horses stands out from the others. Missy was my first love, my best friend, and the most incredible part of my life. I am who I am because of her, and I will never get over the absolute heartbreak of not having her in my life. I planned my life around her for no other reason than because she was what my life revolved around. She was the horse my kids were supposed to learn to ride on and I was supposed to have until she went swayback and lost her hair. A day will never go by that I don’t think of her, whether it’s with a smile or a tear, she will always hold my heart.
Whenever I needed a reality check, Charm was there. When we brought her home (after I literally begged for her) she would barely let me near her. Gaining this little mustangs trust was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. She was a very difficult introduction to starting a horse, but now I feel like i can do anything!
Last but definitely not least, Molly. This horse means more to me than I can put in to words. After loosing Missy I didn’t think that I would ever really love a horse again, but Molly made sure that I did. She drives me crazy at times, she makes me feel like the worst rider in the world at times, but she puts a smile on my face at all times. I always tell everyone I love mares because when you have a bond with them it is so much more special than when you have a bond with a gelding. Geldings love everyone, but when you have that connection with a mare there is nothing stronger. Molly is a perfect example of this, she’s my horse and I’m her rider and thats just the way we like it.
Riding is such an amazing sport, and I am so thankful that I’ve had the chance to work with these horses and many more. No matter how hard it is to love a horse and loose them or leave them behind, I wouldn’t trade knowing these horses for anything.