Girls Horse Club Blog

Horse Things

Published by • Aug 31st, 2008 • Category: LeadMare Tales

While cleaning out my cluttered office and uncovering many horse things for our Muck the Book Pile, and Muck the Gift Pile giveaways, I got to thinking about all the horse things that still remain — not just in my office, but throughout the house and into the yard. I like to think I’m not over-the-top with my horsey decor, but when someone comes into our home who doesn’t know me well, they typically say something like “do you like horses?” to which I can only respond “yes, I’m a horse girl.”

In the bigger scheme, things are pretty meaningless. And when it comes to horse things, nothing compares to a *real* horse. But some of my horse things are very meaningful, not because they’re my things, but because of how they became my things. Here are some of my favorites…

Drawing by Ellie, age 8

This artwork by Ellie (age 7 at the time of this creation) hangs on a bulletin board along with photos, quotes and many things that inspire me, make me smile, or remind me of someone special. It’s a drawing of me with some of my favorite critters: my husband (please don’t tell him I called him a critter), a horse, and butterflies. Ellie is a very thoughtful, insightful girl — wise beyond her age — and it shows in her selfless creations. I cherish this drawing.

Walter says, Our true power lies in our heart.

Meet Walter, a thoroughbred who was rescued by United Pegasus Foundation (UPF) and adopted by the Folsom City Zoo, then later adopted by a zoo employee. He watches over a photo collection that includes Ellie and other loved ones. This is the first print I ever purchased from Leslie Ann Webb, a favorite horsey artist. She paints mostly rescued horses and donates a portion of her profits to UPF. Each of Leslie’s creations come with a saying, something that comes into her mind as she’s painting, as though the horse is speaking to her. Walter came with this message: ‘Our true power lies in our heart.’

When I first placed the framed print on our wall, there happened to be a vase of flowers in the middle of the photo collection. As I stood back admiring Walter’s handsomeness (and checking to be sure he was straight) I realized Walter had something special to tell me. Can you guess what it was?

The Runaway by Robert Frost

Not far from Ellie’s drawing is a copy of The Runaway by Robert Frost, a poem given to me by Jean, a 94 year-old woman I worked with at a therapeutic riding center. Due to her age and a stroke that limited her mobility, she walked hunched over with a cane for support. Still, she managed to drive herself (yes, I said drive herself) 20 miles along a major freeway to her weekly lessons. When she climbed on Mered (with assistance), she sat up tall and defied her limitations. Because her mind was as vivid as it was when she first started riding as a young girl, she expected her body to have the same memories, and she would get frustrated with herself.

But in spite of her age and physical limitations, she had a dream — she wanted to ride again, on her own (meaning, without the usual side walkers) at the running walk on a Tennessee Walker who was the first horse bred, born, and trained into this riding program. Not only did she realize her dream, but she did it on camera with dozens of volunteers and a film crew watching. It was a gift to witness. You can see it yourself on this video. She comes in just after the 8 minute mark (have your tissue ready).

Sam says, Visual your dreams and they will come true.

Behind my desk is another print by Leslie Ann Webb. Sam says, ‘Visualize your dreams and they will come true’ as he watches over everything in the office of our virtual barn, serving as a another reminder that anything is possible if you set your mind to it, rely on your heart for guidance, and work hard to make it happen.

Got a story to share about your favorite horse things? If so, canter over to the Muck the Gift Pile giveaway. By sharing your story, you’ll have a chance to win one of seven fun prizes.