I love everything about my horses. Yes, they are expensive and time consuming. But my horses define who I am. I don’t ever remember not having horses in my life. I think for me it is an inborn trait! I enjoy the responsibility that comes with owning horses and keeping them in my backyard. I enjoy working hard, getting blisters, feeling tired and sweaty after a good ride or putting up hundreds of hay bales. Riding and showing allows me to set goals and create hopes/dreams for the future. My horses’ good health and my riding accomplishments make me very proud. My horses give me comfort, teach me patience, and accept me for who I am. I know I will never be without a horse in my life.
This is a great saying that describes why I love horses..
From time to time people tell me, “lighten up, it's just a horse”, or “that's a lot of money for just a horse”. They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a horse.” Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a horse.”
Many hours have passed and my only companion was “just a horse”, but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a horse” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it's “just a horse”, then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend”, “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise”.
”Just a horse” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a horse” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. So for me and folks like me, it's not “just a horse” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
”Just a horse” brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it's not “just a horse”, but the very thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a woman.”
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a horse”, just smile.... because they “just” don't understand.