Category Archives: Stories from the Heart

One Magical Horse

“Lots of bugs this summer! That’s probably why this horse has glassy eyes,” was the diagnosis a local vet gave when I had a bony three-year-old inspected for sale. I...

Bert the Bear Horse

One of the questions I get asked most often is if I have any bear spray in my saddlebags. The answer is no: in part because it’d be hard to...

Escaping My Escape

I started having anxiety attacks a couple of summers ago. I would drive to the barn after a good day at work, and swing on to my first horse. Shoulder...

Note to Truck

I searched for you for two years before I bought you sight unseen off the internet. You were an older model Ford F150, nine years old to be exact. You...

Riding Over the Bridge Back to Life

Have you ever experienced a phenomenon where a number of seemingly unrelated chunks of time and events conspire to fall together in place, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? Sort...

#HorsesChangedMyLife

Ten years ago, I loaded up my one true love and sent him six hours north for his next adventure. He was my childhood horse, and he was a beautiful...

Controlling the Future

“But, this is the last one,” I reasoned with both my fiancé but mostly with myself. “Kennedy is tucked safely in the barn, Sail Maker is over at Lee’s, and...

Summertime Horses

My love of horses has always spanned year-long, but in childhood, summertime was a special season—filled with Monday morning trail rides and Saturday afternoon shows. I can still smell the...

A Love Letter to a Racehorse

Dear Lola, I have a confession to make. The day after I brought you home from the auction, I was angry and resentful. Not toward you, but at the man...

Kicked from Complacency

We've all had it drilled into us: "Don't stand behind that horse, don't walk too close to that horse, don't pass so near to that horse, you'll get kicked!" We...

Why I Had to Let You Go

Some decisions in life are never easy. For those of us lucky to have had horses or at least ridden most of our lives, there’s usually some kind of crossroads...

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