Searching For A Friend
 By Spaztastic   •   20th Nov 2011   •   2,291 views   •   13 comments
Horse StoriesAs long as I can remember, I have always loved horses. My mom said I began my journey with horses as soon as I could read books and talk. I first asked for a horse when I was only 5 years old. Now for most of you this might be normal, but for my parents it wasn't. Neither of my parents were around horses much, nor my grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins. They had no idea where I picked up this passion.

I was born with it.

I stopped asking a horse after my mother said we couldn't trade the dog in for one. Around 10 years old I began to search frantically for a way to be around these wonderful creatures online, that's when I stumbled upon the 4-H website. I was scrolling through the different clubs and realized that all the people in 4-H already had horses. But I noticed there was also a program named "Horseless Clubs". Kids who can't be around horses much, but yet still love them, have to chance to live their dream. I saw they were going to be at the 4-H kickoff. I spent several weeks convincing my parents to let me go. Finally said yes.

I went to the 4-H kickoff with my mom. I'm naturally super shy and don't normally talk to anyone new, but when I saw the horseless club, I dragged my mother over to it. We explained to the them about my love horses, but how I couldn't be around them much. She told us that she gave riding lessons, that's when my mom gave her our number.

The next day she called and much to my disbelief, my parents set up a riding lesson. I can't explain the feeling I felt while going out any buying boots and a helmet. I slept with my helmet that night and dreamed of riding.

The day of my first riding lesson I counted down the hours, minutes and seconds until it started. When I first arrived Amy showed me all the horses. My favorites were immediately Bravo, a Arab gelding who was at least 20, and Allegro, a mare who had gotten hurt and couldn't be ridden for several years. I started out on Dusty, a huge quarter horse gelding (by the way, I was only 4.5 ft so he was huge to me!). He was an angel. He ignored my mistakes and did what I told him too.

Within a few weeks I was ready to learn how to canter. This is where my shyness could no longer exist. When I asked Dusty to canter he stopped dead in his tracks. I was shocked and had no idea what to do. He'd had always done what I told him to! Amy laughed hard and said "I was wondering when this would happen". I asked her what she meant. She told me how he was an angel till someone told him to do what he didn't want to. We spent several weeks battling each other, until one day I came to my riding lesson in fury. From the moment I got him out of his stall I didn't let him do anything that I didn't want him to do. I wouldn't let him get in my bubble, step on my toe, or grunt and throw a fit when I tightened the girth.

"You, and only you are the lead mare" my instructor said.

That day I won a very important battle. One with myself and one with a horse.

A month or so later my teacher suggested that we try riding Bravo. Needless to say, I was on a cloud of silver lining. He was a lot smaller and fit me very well. My riding instructor said we were perfect for each other. I mostly rode Bravo from then on. Learning to jump was the next thing I did. I never got to go very high, because of Bravo's health, but it was still fun.

In 2008, (when I was 12), I went to my first show at the county fair. I did some pattern classes with Dusty and dressage and jumping with Bravo. The pattern classes didn't go so well, after them I had to hurry and get dressed for dressage. My friend and I started running to the next building and I tripped and fell and tore my jodhpurs. Of course, I didn't noticed this till I mounted. I saw the hole and my bloodied knee. I thought it was going to be a horrible ride. I started to warm up Bravo and calm myself down. I tried to only focus on what was important. We went into the arena and preformed our dressage test. I had no idea what the score was then, but I know we did out best. An hour later they announced the scores and handed out the trophies and ribbons. When I came out just one point under grand I was extremely happy!

After county fair things began to go downhill at the barn. A clique joined the club and they talked down the other people and blared their annoying music in the barn. Because their parents paid for more lessons, Amy started to treat them better than the ones who could only afford one a week.

A year later we met one of my 4-H friends that also left Amy's place. She invited me to ride at her barn. What made this great was the barn she was within biking distance of my house. After a month or so I found out that a lady named Amanda couldn't come out to the barn everyday to take care of her horses. My friend and I asked her if I could use one of her horses named Boo as my 4-H horse in addition to helping out with her other horse, Luther. She happily agreed.

Luther was well named. In case you didn't know Luther is another name for the devil. Anyway, the bone in his hoof had started to rotate, so the farrier had to put on special shoes and he couldn't really be ridden. He was a wild thing and loved to try my wits. He tried rearing the first couple of times I brought him in, but a stern "No" and a good whack on the rear stopped that.

Me and Boo are opposites. I like to go out and do stuff while he just wants to be lazy and scared of things. I taught him that barrels will not swallow him alive. I also worked on small x-rails with him, which was the hardest things to do. I taught him that the gate to the park wouldn't jump out at him and I took him on trail rides to help his muscle tone and spookiness. He had always been scared of going out on the trail and when I first suggested this to his owner, she laughed.

Within a few weeks Boo would do everything I'd ask him too with the exception of jumping. But things also began to go downhill here too. My friend got mad at me because I couldn't take her horses in everyday and when Amanda said she'd bring in the horses one night because I had a church function, she forgot and I got cussed out by the staff. The staff got tired of me being there all the time since I didn't pay for anything and my friend who initially invited me to the barn became best friends with a new 4-H boarder. I took longer and longer trail rides and on one day I decided I couldn't put up with it anymore.

I decided to leave.

I called Amanda and told her why, she said she understood and Boo would miss me. I went early the next day when no one else would be there. My mom waited outside in the truck for me as I walked into the barn. He threw his head over the stall gate and nickered excitedly. I brushed his mane with my fingers for the last time and I talked to him. I told him how brave he'd gotten and how I loved him so much. I thanked him for everything he had taught me about life, trust, and real friendship. I felt a pain beginning to grow, one that told me that this would be the last time I saw this wonderful boy. I hugged him and let out a million tears into his mane. I smelled his wonderful horsey smell for the very last time. I whispered into his ear and kissed his nose. Unlike most of the time, he didn't turn away. I walked out of the stall and grabbed my things. I stood at the end of the hallway in the rain and looked back. He had his head over the stall gate looking back at me and he gave me a sad whinny.

"I love you Boo. Please never forget me." I walked out to the truck, got in and put my head against the window and watched the rain fall.

We recently moved an hour away a year ago and in June we moved to the country. The people who lived there before us left their horses for a while. I have no tack but tried riding the younger one. I fell hard and never tried to get back on. The owners came and got them a little while after. I never had a connection with them and don't really miss them either. I'm graduating a year from the spring and trying to figure what I should do with my life. I try to remember never to let someone decide it for me and remember that God has an awesome plan for my life. Until then, I'm searching for a forever, furry friend.
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All That Jazz  
Love it! :)
  13 days ago  •  1,661 views
Deleted Accounts  
wow, well done its a great story
  12 days ago  •  1,646 views
RoyalCrownEstates  MOD 
Great story, hope you find that special someone soon !
  12 days ago  •  1,656 views
Great story! (:
  11 days ago  •  1,631 views
Painted Destiny  
Great story! I wish you luck in finding your forever friend!
  11 days ago  •  1,628 views
Set Free  
I kind of had the same thing happen to me to I know how you feel :)
  11 days ago  •  1,671 views
Double Spur Ranch  
Great story :) Love it
  8 days ago  •  1,628 views
Thanks for the post!
  20 hours ago  •  1,679 views
awesome!! i love it!
  Dec 4, 2011  •  1,651 views
My Paper Heart  
Lovin' it, dear! :D
  Dec 5, 2011  •  1,624 views
Sunny Daze  
Made me cry:")
  Dec 10, 2011  •  1,657 views
Sunny Daze  
The same thing happened for me with my horse Calypso. I miss her :'(
  Dec 10, 2011  •  1,657 views
I love it! (:
  Dec 18, 2011  •  1,632 views
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