I think finding a horse to buy is more of an emotional decision than a practical one. Yes, price definitely has a bearing on the decision, but more importantly it’s how you two connect when you first meet that tells you if this is the right horse for you.
And sometimes it all happens accidentally. The universe has its way of bringing the right horse into your life at the right time. If it’s not the right time for you, it must be the right time for your horse.
That’s how it was for my horse.
Many, many years ago I was hired to train this horse, Spot, dressage. He was a stallion, and I was told he was quite a handful.
The owner had already backed him but told me all Spot did was act like a bucking bronco in the rodeo. He also told me this horse had an absolute attitude problem and would bite, kick, strike out, and attack pretty much everyone.
My first thought was… with all these issues, you want to me to teach your horse how to perform the delicate, detailed, specific art of dressage? Oh boy!
But I never shy away from a tough job. So, I went out to meet Spot and his owner to see how bad it really was.
When I got to the ranch to meet him, his owner had already put him in the arena. I went up to the fence and saw a fresh, smart, beautiful animal. He was magnificent and he knew it. He pranced around and then came running over to me at full speed.
He ran so fast I thought he was going to crash through the fence. But he stopped on a dime and just stood there looking at me for a second or two. Our eyes met and I just thought he was the most elegant horse I had ever seen.
He must have realized that I had just fallen in love with him as he started to nuzzle my hair and blew in my face. He was playing with me and was so friendly and happy.
I went into the arena, and we played for a bit as I was trying to see what he liked, didn’t like, how he would react to certain things, and find out who he was. He was perfect. He did everything I asked, he was happy to be there playing with me, and he was a perfect gentleman.
The owner was shocked and mad. He was upset that Spot listened intently to every request I made and that I didn’t have any issues with him. It was as if Spot had just proven to me that he had lied about all his bad behaviors and problems.
It was kind of funny as I honestly think Spot did it on purpose.
But it was love at first sight for me and I think Spot knew it as he responded in kind.
After that, I worked with him, trained him in dressage, took him into shows and we did very well as a team. I never ever saw that “bad” side of Spot.
One day I was coming to the stable and found out that another trainer was also training Spot as a Roping horse. He was training him to chase calf, start and stop quickly, and everything else a horse needs to know for those events.
However, Spot didn’t like this trainer and he made sure he knew it. Turns out, the day I showed up, before I got there, Spot had thrown this other trainer. Not only did he throw him, but he waited until the guy stood up and Spot reared up and came down with both of his front hooves onto the man’s shoulders.
Then when the trainer was on the ground, he kicked him and bit him as often as he could before someone came over to rescue the man.
It was a big deal!
After all was said and done, the truth came out that this trainer had been beating Spot with a 2×4 board in the head, a metal shovel, and had taken a chain to his ear twisting it as hard as he could to teach Spot how to stop quickly. He terribly abused Spot and Spot had had enough.
When I saw Spot, he came running over to me and was shivering and shaking in fear and his ear had been ripped almost completely off. He was terrified and bleeding.
Longer story short…
I had to make sure Spot was safe, so I took him into my care and he became my horse for the rest of his life. There was no way I’d let anything bad ever happen to him again. He had been through enough. And I’m sure Spot knew what I did.
I didn’t have my own horses at this time in my life because I didn’t have a place to keep them and was living in an apartment. I was not looking, nor was I ready for a horse. But Spot needed me and I was the right person for him at the right time.
And he blessed my life until he passed at 34 years of age. He was my heart horse and I knew it the second I met him.
My life would not be the same without him and he taught me so much. I miss him terribly.
By the way, after I purchased him, I changed his name to JAZZ. We had lots of fun and adventures together.
So, what’s your story? I’d love to hear it. Please let me know in the comments section, or just in response to this email… how did you meet your horse?
I like to chat with the students who take my courses and hear their stories and adventures.
I often notice so many similarities and beautiful stories. I also love to see how they decide to implement and integrate the concepts I teach.
They all inspire the heck out of me.
You inspire me.
I watch from a distance as you transform your horse and your life with horses.
I love to hear from you as you become a force for good and love and empowerment for yourself and others.
It keeps me motivated.
And when I watch people who decided it was time and ran with what I’ve helped them to see in themselves and their horses, I am totally rejuvenated and ready for more.
Seeing what I teach in action is one of the reasons I can’t stop.
I know what has worked for me and so many others. And I love to watch you work it.
Those who have had massive success from the concepts I teach are not special.
I am not special.
We just decide to continue to move forward daily, even when it’s hard or uncomfortable, or when it looks like it’s not working. We keep trying because of the love we have for our horses and the desire to get it right for them.
The truth: Life is good, and horses are good for you. The universe is on your side and when your heart is in the right place, the forces of good in this world want to make your dreams come true, especially when you decide that this is what you truly want.
Only you can make this your best year yet.
Only you can decide that you will not wait one more day, month or year to make a difference with your horse.
Your dreams were given to you for a reason.
It is time for you to believe in your gifts, follow your heart, and show up for those who need you.
As always, if you need or want any assistance reaching your dreams, check out my online programs or just contact me via email or Facebook.