Ever since I can remember I have loved horses. I grew up in the era of cowboy shows and westerns. My Saturdays were filled with Trigger and Roy Rogers, Silver and the Lone Ranger and Fury and Joey, and the multitude of horses on all the other TV shows of that period. These horses were smarter than dogs, or so I thought. They always understood what they were asked to do; who they were supposed to go find, and could undo knots in their reins with their teeth even! Later I found out that pigs are really smarter than horses!! Boy what a let down!! Fortunately I didn’t know about their less than superior knowledge until I was much older. So I could continue my delusions for a long time. Nevertheless, no animal runs, gallops, or jumps more beautifully than a horse. The manes and tails of every horse made many little girls want to braid them or brush them. Hence… My Little Pony with comb-able mane and tail, and in colors no doubt!
Me and my Trigger(Well my sister’s too.)
I stopped to look at every horse I saw as a kid. Riding on the ponies that trod around the rings, was one of my biggest joys. But one horse that made me happy was the rocking horse, I labeled Trigger!! I would rock back and forth on him seemingly for hours!!
One summer I came back from a week long choir camp and my parents surprised me with horse back riding lessons. (Maybe 4 lessons because that was all they could afford.) But it didn’t matter. I learned how to sit, hold the reins, get onto the saddle, post and ride! My dream was fulfilled.
I didn’t get to ride much after that but I sure did every time I was able. Then I went into nursing school and life changed into adulthood.
My adoration of these creatures of strength and beauty never ended. I still get all excited like a little girl when I see one. My riding days are long gone, because I fear further back injuries or neck injuries at my tender age of 65.
So here are some of the horses who have made me smile or get all excited like the little girl who still lives in my heart.