Angela + Lorien
There started our journey, with all the ups and downs of any 22 year journey. For me, he was not only my first two-year-old and my first ex-racehorse, but he was also my first horse. I studied and applied the training techniques of Monty Roberts which gave me a solid foundation. But my gelding and I were never a match made in heaven -he was hot and sensitive; I was unconfident and anxious. We learned a lot from each other, I more from him most likely. But I often wondered if there were someone else out there that he would have been more successful with–I just didn’t know how to find them and I was dedicated to his wellbeing and didn’t want to chance sending him to someone who would not be good to him. He’s part of the family.
When I decided to retire him this year, I longed for a horse that I felt a deeper connection to; a horse that would take care of me, as much as I of him, a horse I would look forward to riding and being with. Enter Lorien -a five-year-old, grey, off-the-track gelding! I fell in love with his looks but I was determined this time around to base my decision on my interactions with the horse, so I spent a considerable amount of time just being with him -walking him, grooming him, hanging out in the pasture with him, watching him. His gentle spirit, his alert but grounded presence was a tonic to those feelings of inadequacy and anxiety. Within a week, my whole being relaxed, physiologically and emotionally. It’s difficult to describe except to say it felt healthy; it felt right.
What #RightHorse means to me
Bridging connections between people and the horses that will make them wonderful partners is such important work when one thinks of all the horses out there that need a home and all the people looking for something specific. It’s an amazing organization doing beautiful work!