Stories

Pat + Freedom

by | Apr 2017 | Story

I bought my first horse at 49 from a friend. She was an OTTB and was 16. What I did not realize was how stressed out she was about life… and me. I engaged a natural horse trainer who called me after evaluating her and asked how much I loved her. The trainer told me I was better off selling her. After she explained how much time it would take to retrain my horse, I decided I was in for the long haul. I did ground work for nine months before I rode her again. I learned how to engage her head, read her needs and love her deeply. I knew it was good when our rides were soft and she came eagerly to me. I earned her trust. Another rider at the barn told me she had never seen my horse be so happy. At 23, she had a very bad colic. Surgery was her only option. I knew she hated to be confined, and was a bad patient. I let her go. I still miss her. Another rider had weekend obligations and asked me to lease her horse on weekends. I have been riding a 24-year-old quarter horse gelding for six years now while I finish my PhD. Some day I will find a successor to my beautiful chestnut OTTB, Freedom.

This is what “right horse” means to me.
A horse that willingly comes to me, takes me where we want to go, is gentle enough for my grandson and will occasionally canter with me. One who has a gentle soul and loves to be groomed, in addition to groundwork and energy work, which I do. Easy to trailer. Trusts me.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Submit Your Story

Have you found your Right Horse? Tell us all about it.

Share on Social

Like this story? Share it on social media.

FacebookTwitter

Recent Stories

John + Manny

My girlfriend who has been riding for over 20 years took me to the Lorain County Fair, where I hung out with horses for the first time and was hooked! After that, I knew I wanted a horse, but I wanted a rescue. We found Manny on Facebook, and…

Joni + Charlie

Since retiring two years ago, I had been volunteering and fostering at Days End Farm Horse Rescue. Like anyone reading this, I’d always loved horses, but hadn’t ridden in 45 years, and was happy just being around them and helping those in need.

Krislyn + Hidalgo

Fast forward. Two years of blood, sweat and tears, I have an amazing barrel horse. Hidalgo is a ham for the camera and loves to do liberty and racing. He comes running and nickering when I call him and is in my pocket! He will take my phone out…