My eyes adored you!
What was it about your horse that made you know it was the one?
Which one? The one for you, the right fit, the not so perfect fit, or she will do in this moment fit?
Sometimes being in love at first sight with your horse may not make sense to other people. They make think your choice is not well trained; hasn’t got the classic, beautiful looks; or the right temperament. What you see, however, is something beyond that, something that is always hard to put into words.
For many, what made them fall in love with their horse was the idea, the possibilities and the potential around the corner. All that potential and all you needed to give were love, patience and commitment.
Many owners and riders rely on their gut feeling that this is the right time for this horse. Regardless of the working grade or class of the horse you know very quickly that there is a connection.
It’s the same with finding your perfect spouse. On the outside, they may not look, speak or behave like a rock star but it’s what you see beneath that count.
It’s not always roses
The world isn’t always made up of shiny horse sales and breeders. Sometimes it’s love that you find in a horse that has been rescued and given a second chance. The amazing people that rescue neglected horses globally see past the neglect and disregard. They look into that horse’s eyes and see the beauty tucked deep away. Anyone who has cared for and helped a neglected horse recuperate knows what a long and tough road that can be. Creating that level of trust after such a hard life takes time and commitment and above all LOVE.
There are firm believers that the only cure for stubbornness in horses is consistent love, patience and loyalty. That’s from you, not the horse, initially. Taking on a horse with temperament issues is no easy feat.
Love is blind
It is not just the experts who can save these special horses. Everyone starts somewhere and deep down you fell in love with that horse straight away. Love sees past these difficulties.
Every now and again think back to those beautiful moments of when you first set eyes on each member of your horse family. It may be the first horse you owned, the first one that you saved up for, the one that needed a good home and that became yours. Treasure those moments. Write them down and create a lasting memory that you can share with your friends and family, just as you would a baby book.
You will always remember every horse you owned or had a close working relationship. After time though you forget the small things that blend with other memories. Did they always know that you had hidden their medication in a snack? Was there a favourite treat? Or even what their favourite part, of being groomed, was.
Sometimes life sweeps us up and before we know it we’ve lost sight of the most important things and forgotten some of the small details that individualise our horses.
If you haven’t had the honour of owning a horse and are just getting started then take your time. Take your time in waiting for the right horse, deep down within your gut you will know. Quite possibly it will be love, at first sight.