The Joy and Love of Horses

Roy Rogers’ Beautiful Palomino, Trigger

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; 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 even undo knots in their reins with their teeth!

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 continued my delusion for a long time.

Nevertheless, no animal runs, gallops, or jumps more beautifully than a horse. Just watching one walk or run or jump excites me still. They are beautiful poetry in motion.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 TriggerI 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.

On a trip with my family when I was about 16 we pulled over to look at a horse. The owner let me ride the stallion. There was a slight problem though. The stirrups were a bit too long for me but I adapted.

We were walking along, just the horse and I, when he decided to run! I almost went over his head! Then I remembered how the Native Americans rode without a saddle and I gripped the horse with my legs and held on! He slowed down and I got control enough to return to the gate. It was scary but what a ride!!

I didn’t get to ride much after that. 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 67.

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.

Three horses grazing.
Grazing in sulight.

 

Beautiful stallion and his mare.
Beautiful stallion and his mare.

 

Palomino
Palomino grazing

 

I actually stood near them the Budweiser Clydesdales!!
Harnesses placed on Budweiser Clydesdale by staff.
 
Budweiser Clydesdales in full regalia.
Budweiser Clydesdales in full regalia.

 

Happy Camper in front of two Budweiser Clydesdales.
I stood excitedly in front of these two Budweiser Clydesdales. One horse laughed at me!! LOL.

31 thoughts on “The Joy and Love of Horses

  1. Yes, horses are wonderful, my oldest daughter has been crazy about horses since she was two. She is always riding her horse, she is now in her fifties.
    So I can understand how you feel about horses. Nice post, enjoyed reading it.

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  2. Well since my blog is called Horse Addict I am obviously a horse lover too . I love the photo of your rocking horse! I used to have one very similar that was red and I loved it. Your post brought back happy memories. Thank you!

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  3. I owned a horse for a few years. That works best if you can stable them on your property or nearby. For me it was a half hour drive. I have a full time job and other responsibilities so I had to let go but I’ve always loved them.

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        1. I never got to ride that much. I did ride a strawberry roan mare on a trail. She was so sweet. She stopped when she felt my foot slip out of the stirrup! I think her name was Sophia! That was likely half a century ago!! I collected horse statues too and had a name for each one.

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  4. My brother owns a few horses and they are amazing creatures! He used to ride them in Civil War Calvary reenactments, but at 74, he had to hang up his saber and pistol. Now he just rides for fun. I went on a horseback trail ride a few years ago in Rocky Mountain National Park and it was delightful! Since I ride about once every 10 years – ha!- they gave me a gentle one. It was a beautiful ride!

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