I didn’t come from a horsey family. My mom did some riding when she was a camp counselor and my dad had a very naughty pony when he was a little boy, upon hearing his stories of that naughty beast I can understand why he never rode again. They always did what they could to get me some time in the saddle. I guess when I was really little I was freaking out because there were some big draft horses in a pen by the side of the road, so my mom pulled over so I could go and pet them. If there was a dude ranch nearby they would let me go on a trail ride. But living in my small northern Manitoba town, there was just nowhere where I could take lessons. I could take dog sled lessons no problem, but horses were far and few in between.
I think that they always kind of thought that I would grow out of my horsey stage. When I had Yellow I think they thought of him as a financial burden on me and more than once suggested that I sell him. It wasn’t until he died, and they saw the impact it had on me that they saw how important horses were to me. I noticed that I am more regularly getting horse gifts from my mom. This year we got a few couple cute signs for me to hang in the barn, last year I got a headstall, and the year before I got a winter blanket for Piney.
My husband is a horse person, and came from horse people. His mother’s family bred and showed Arabians and they always had horses and ponies. So he’d always had a horse to ride and drive. He likes riding and when I met him, he had a horse. That was a big selling point for me ;-) We enjoy going on rides together, and playing with the horses.
I don’t really have many horsey friends outside of the blogger world. I think that a lot of my friends viewed horses as a burden on me as well. When I was working at the barn I always had to skip out of dinners and often movies because I had to go feed the horses. But they understood that horses were a big part of me. I did have a few riding buddies along the way, but they moved away or we drifted apart. It’s just a part of life and growing up.