Valentine’s Day: Why We Love Our Horses

For this blog post my sister gave me the idea of asking people what they love about their horses. So this is some of the reasons why you guys love your horses.

Midnight is a 11 year old Quarter horse. I love her because I feel safe with her. I feel comfortable doing anything no matter what.

Belle is a 8 year old Paint. I love her because she has attitude and keeps me on my toes.

Whisper is a 10 year old Hackney/Shetland Show Pony. I love her because she is the sweetest little girl ever! She follows me around like a little puppy and ducks her head when she knows she’s done something wrong.

I love my horse, Chip, because of all the moments we spent together, both good and bad. If I am having the worst of days, she is always there for me.

I got her when she was four-years-old in the December of 2012. I like to say she is six, but I don’t know. She was a big-butt and a bratty mare when I first got her. At the time, I thought it was really annoying (which it was), but now I think of how we grew from those experiences. Some of the best moments I had with her, I didn’t care if someone was watching or if we just looked like fools.

Manhattan is a 9 year old OTTB. I love him because he has helped me gain my confidence back under saddle, he also tries so very hard to make me happy. I love him so very much and when we move to England and I free lease him while we are gone, I will miss him so very very much.

Josie is an 14 year old Quarter Horse, I Love her because she is the best horse I have every owned. She is gentle, kind and calm.

I loved Treasure. She was not my first horse or my last. She was not the first that I broke or the last. But she was one of the first that I really fell in love with. She was a TWH, a true bay. Ran with her head up high. She would do anything and was a great jumper. Alway came up to me and rested her head on my shoulder. She was killed in an accident at the age of 27. Too young for her. I have lost others and still have 7, But still miss her to most.

Roman is a 18yo Arabian gelding (19 in May). I’ve owned for four years and are journey hasn’t been cupcakes and ice cream. He helped me gain back my confidence after a fall and I basically learned to ride on him. Trotted for the first time on him, cantered for the first time (although it didn’t last long XD). I learned to ride bareback on him — even though I can only walk bareback — and keep my balance when he decided to spook, with a saddle on or no saddle on (bareback). I’ve even ridden bareback and bridleless (nothing on him) a couple times but only for a short while. We’ve accomplished some things like being able to ride down the road (even bareback in a halter), cross the creek, and desensitized to some things. I can just tell him absolutely everything and he’ll listen — and its great to have something to just tell your troubles and what not too. Although we’ve done a lot, there’s still a LOT more we need to accomplish. But I’ll love him forever, he’s the greatest horse to me. ❤

I love Sonny because he is sweet, cute, and full of personality. I love him and horses in general because they smell so good and are so wonderful to watch and be around. It’s like a therapy session to spend time with them. Sonny loves me because I’m like a treat dispenser.

Bo is a 9 month old Quarter/Paint, I love him because he is smart, willing and an all around good guy

I love Copper because she is a fairly sound-minded young lady. I won’t say she is unflappable, cause she certainly has flapped a few times. (Like today, the loon, spooking at high winds and a flock of birds, slipping on the wet asphalt, and scraping up her leg) But she’s generally a kind horse, a thinking horse, and a horse that wants to do what you ask. But she’s a mare, so sometimes she is just irritated that you DARED to ask her ANYTHING.

I love Ebony (14 year old Tennessee Walker) because she taught me everything I know. She was my first horse and I miss her so much!

I love my horse, Chip, because of all the moments we spent together, both good and bad. If I am having the worst of days, she is always there for me.
I got her when she was four-years-old in the December of 2012. I like to say she is six, but I don’t know. She was a big-butt and a bratty mare when I first got her. At the time, I thought it was really annoying (which it was), but now I think of how we grew from those experiences. Some of the best moments I had with her, I didn’t care if someone was watching or if we just looked like fools.

My pony’s name is Lashe and she is 4 years old. I love her for so many reasons! She is the best friend I’ve ever had. She’s always been there to cheer me up or make me laugh when I’ve had a bad day. Growing up, I never had many human friends; I could always be found in the barn! My pony has always been my best friend, so I never felt a reason to have any human friends. Lashe is the sweetest pony ever and I could not imagine having to live without her. I spend hours out with her and we always enjoy each others company. I love her not just because she’s sweet, but because she has given me her trust and has never once doubted me. She’s just the perfect little pony and I would never trade her for the world. ❤

THEY MAKE ME HAPPY!!!!!!!

Sometimes, I have NO FREAKING IDEA, lol. But then I call his name and his head pops out of his stall like he hasn’t seen me in a week, and I can’t wait to touch that soft, gorgeous face. What’s not to love? Smudge is 23 and still gives as much try as when he was 8, if not more.

Because he carries me like I’m made of air and feathers, and always seems to have fun no matter what we do. His name is Smári, he’s an Icelandic horse, and he’s my buddy

She’s short, quiet and steady. Not flashy but she helped me overcome my fears after a riding accident on a bigger, flighty horse. She’s a bit grumpy but patient and willing- I wouldn’t trade her for the world

Ygritte (or Testarossa if you want her show name) has one of the biggest personalities you will ever find. I bought her after trying a ton of horses, originally overlooked the plain unregistered but very athletic mare. It came down to two- a proven steady gelding and the green mare, and my trainer sealed it when she said that I didn’t smile when I tried the gelding and beamed when I got off the mare! She has what we’ve started calling her “morning yoga” ritual of downward dog, stretch neck left, stretch neck right, then settles to graze. (Unless it’s “run the fence line with Syrah” day! Then one of the girls gets grounded to the round pen.) I don’t have to catch her though, she comes to me when she sees me walk up when she is outside, and always sticks her head out her window if I drive up in the evening. She came from a bad place, and the lady who rescued her still liked to pick fights to “dominate” her, so she used to be very standoffish and hard to handle. Now she is my squishy-pet and I feel lost when I’m traveling or working late and don’t see her.

He was my best friend for as long as I could remember. Inseparable for 18 years.

he’s a 21 year old TB gelding named Dennis (the menace!) but he’s the biggest sweetheart i’ve ever met. hotheaded (haha h’s a TB) but bombproof and incredibly reliable. I still jump him and he’s got lots of spunk. he’s my lease horse but his owner lives in europe and i’m his only leaser so he’s basically mine, i give him lots of carrots and he tolerates my kisses

Gracie (15) is my first horse. I love her because she is very patient with me. When you ask her if she wants ”velvet kisses”, she will put her muzzle against your lips. It’s an awesome feeling.

Griffin (my 11 year old Canadian gelding) is an absolute love. But he’s like a dad — we can have fun and he will go along with my stupid ideas, but it’s moderated fun. He cooperates to a certain point, and then he goes “Well, I think that’s enough excitement for today…” Keeping me safe for three years, gotta love him.

He’s not mine, I’m just training him, but in as few words as possible, he makes me laugh. Love you Aladdin☺

His name is Gypsy, no idea how old, he’s a chubby piebald cob school horse, and the first horse I have ridden in way too long. I love him because he just wanted to run off with me and have fun together instead of just going quietly — very funny boy!

Aeris is the first horse I’ve ever owned (after 20+ years of riding, working hard to get good-paying jobs and lots of saving!), which is special in itself, but what I really love about her is her clever, kind personality. When I first tried her out, she was 4 years old and didn’t bat an eyelash when yearlings were running and playing along the ring fence. Not because it wasn’t interesting, she just knew it wasnt worth a fuss. I’ve had 5 year old girls groom her and she lowers her head to let them brush her mane without a stool. She tries hard at new movements and always puts her game face on in the show ring, even if the warm up is a disaster. We’ve even been a calming escort to random FEI horses going to the show ring! She’s the kind of gal that I want to hang out with after a long, rough day of work and I am so happy to have her in my life!

Cisco (21) always knows how to make me smile with a kiss or a nicker for treats!

“My guy” is a 17 year old Anglo Arabian named Shade. He isn’t actually mine but I’ve been riding him consistently for about 2.5 years now. I just love him so much because we know each other so well. I wouldn’t say he extremely loves me the way I love him but we know each other. We’re like buds. Were constantly try to think ahead of the other and call each other out on their shit. He quite literally feels like a cocky type friend and I love him for it. He takes care of me.

So that is just some of the reasons of why we love our horses. To get updates of new blog post go like our facebook page or subscribe to our email list. If you haven’t already told us, tell us why you love your horse in our forum. I hope you guys have an awesome Valentine’s Day and eat plenty of chocolate.

-ANNA

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