A story about Love? Hmm....
When I was eight years old, I fell off a horse for the first time, seriously injuring my back. Even 5 years later, I'm still living with that injury. I kept riding, but against my will, and by the time I was ten I felt like I never wanted to see another horse ever again.
But then I met Hanna.
She scared me at first. I was basically thrown on her back because she ran off with my friend. I was scared out of mind, and felt like I was going to cry. That first 10 minutes was probably one of the scariest times of my life.
But soon, I started to notice her gait. How smooth it was. I noticed how high and well she could jump for her size. Believe me when I tell you it was NOT love at first sight, but it was most surely love.
I fell in love with that horse that first week. And I started to invest all my time and money in her...blankets, saddle pads, treats, leg wraps...and this wasn't even my horse! I spent almost every day out there, teaching her lead changes, and side-passing.
But about one year later, i found out someone was lined up to buy her. As i watched the trailer pull away, taking her off for her "test run" I cried like I had never cried before. That horse was my life...and then she was gone.
I started to dread my lessons. The highlight of my day had always been seeing her trot towards me in the field... and now I would never see her again. It broke my heart every time I passed her stall.
I arrived early one day to start packing her stuff. I had decided it was time to move on. To just try and forget her.
Imagine my surprise when I passed the field...and she trotted up to the gate! I started sobbing and just hugged her for the longest time. Then we saddled up and rode all day.
About 2 months later, I found out she was for sale again. I couldn't let her leave again, so finally, after much pleading, begging, and promising to pay and do chores...she was mine.
I loved that pony like nothing had ever been loved before. I spoiled her rotten and worked with her every day. She's been mine for almost a year now...and we hold first in the state in Junior Hunter Jumper. That's where love gets you. <3