Catherine Madera 2015-05-01 00:55:57
Growing Up on the Back of a Horse I’LL NEVER FORGET THE FIRST TIME my daughter was bucked off, hard. She was maybe eight years old. After her wind came back and she’d cried a good long time she said, ever so seriously, “Mom, I want to get out of the horse business.” She rode regularly and showed three horses for eight more years. We’ve had lots of fun together doing The Business, but recently Haley made the difficult decision to sell her horse. At nearly 17, she’s focused on other things and the boots will, at least temporarily, be put away. Now guess who’s crying? One day, still sad to let go of this phase of life, I picked up a friend’s daughter and took her to a local stable. Ten years old and horse crazy, she reminds me of another little girl I used to know. Abi even rode Haley’s old favorite, a pony named Hot Rod. The business of horses is simple, but not insignificant: they help humans grow up and grow healthy.I’m so grateful for my time with them and know Haley will craft a successful life, in part, because of the things she’s learned on the back of a horse. Enjoy the magazine this month. I hope our cover article on Equine Trail Sports inspires you to get out and ride. Ride on!
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