Last week, SprinklerBandit explained how she transitioned to an animal loving kid to a horse loving kid. When I read her post, I thought it would make a decent blog of my own until I realized something specific.
I’ve never known a time in my life when I wasn’t in love with horses.
This is not because I’m from an agricultural family, far from it. My dad is more likely to invest in a farm and turn it into a housing development than he is to put horses on it. Though my mom likes horses, she never rode or desired to as far as I know. Yet they had this little blonde child who grew up wanting nothing more than to be around ponies of all shapes and sizes.
My favorite book as a kid was Fritz and the Beautiful Horses. My mom read it to me so often before bed, that I took my copy to Kindergarten for show and tell. I’m told that my teacher excitedly pulled my mom aside after school and said, “Lauren can read! That’s so amazing! She read this entire book to the class today!”
When my mom saw what book I had in my hand, she rolled her eyes. “She can’t read – she has it memorized because we read it so often.”
What can I say? It’s a great book with all kinds of horses.
So while I wish I could tell you some awe inspiring story about how I learned to adore all things equine, I don’t have it. The truth of the matter is, I often wish that I didn’t have the passion for these great creatures. Especially these days when I stay perpetually life tired, and my nerd horse is enjoying saying “No” a lot more than he is saying “Sure”. Horses are expensive and time consuming and stressful in every way. Lord knows I can’t afford them anymore.
But horses are also kind of magical in a way that is beyond words.
So despite my list of complaints and life stresses right now, I will continue to be one of those crazed horse people. Despite logic, it’s in my DNA. I am 5’8.5″, Blonde with green eyes and I love horses. There’s no why for me it seems, only fact.