What would you do without horses in your life?
I cannot imagine my life without horses in it. I may not have to own a horse, I may not have to ride almost every day, and I may not have to compete, but I have share the air I breathe with a horse at least some of the time. Although I do not eat, sleep, and breathe horses day in and day out, I easily could if such a lifestyle were within my reach. As it is today, I do own a horse, I do ride almost daily, and I do occasionally compete and anything less would be a deeply felt personal loss to me. Seriously, what do people do with their time if they don’t have this all-consuming passion for equines?
I try to imagine my life without horses, and my motivation disappears. What am I working toward, if not horses? Could I get into dog training? Go back to writing daily? Travel a little, I guess? For a period of time in my adult life, I did not own a horse of my own but I still managed to ride frequently, more than one horse a day even. Eli happened to be one of those horses. What if, horseless, I didn’t stick like glue to the people who were generous enough to let me ride sales prospects? Where would I be, and where would Eli be?
I can’t answer these questions, because that is not the path my life took. That is not the path I chose for myself. For some people, their lives are such that they must choose between horses and something else, maybe even among many other things. My life is not that way–I plan everything around horses. I knew early on in my own life that horses would always be a part of it, and I committed to an education that would keep me employed, so that I could at the very least pay for a lesson here and there. I committed to riding as much as possible at every chance I had to do so, so that friends wouldn’t hesitate to offer me a ride on a horse every once in a while if I ever found myself horseless. I committed to buying a horse again, probably a little too soon in my personal financial picture, but I have no regrets and I don’t hesitate to hustle daily to make sure my horse is cared for. My life is as good as it is BECAUSE of horses.
Being around horses a few days a week would be the bare minimum of pony time necessary to maintain my quality of life. I have found a way to incorporate horses into my life much more fully than just a few days a week and I am happier for it.
How important are horses to you? What impact have they had on your life?