Let us share some of the great stories about what horses has accomplished in peoples life.
The first story is taken from a Facebook page, where the dad explain why he never will regret giving his daughter a horse, and the way this horse made his daughter become such a great young woman.
A Father's Explanation of Why He Had Horses for His Children (borrowed from a Facebook posting)
My daughter turned sixteen years old today; which is a milestone for most people. Besides looking at baby photos and childhood trinkets with her, I took time to reflect on the young woman my daughter had become and the choices she would face in the future.
As I looked at her I could see the athlete she was, and determined woman she would soon be. I started thinking about some of the girls we knew in our town who were already pregnant, pierced in several places, hair every color under the sun, drop outs, drug addicts and on the fast track to no-where, seeking surface identities because they had no inner self esteem. The parents of these same girls have asked me why I "waste" the money on horses so my daughter can ride. I'm told she will grow out of it, lose interest, discover boys and all kinds of things that try to pin the current generation' s "slacker" label on my child. I don't think it will happen, I think she will love and have horses all her life.
Because my daughter grew up with horses she has compassion. She knows that we must take special care of the very young and the very old. We must make sure those without voices to speak of their pain are still cared for.
Because my daughter grew up with horses she learned responsibility for others than herself. She learned that regardless of the weather you must still care for those you have the stewardship of. There are no "days off" just because you don't feel like being a horse owner that day. She learned that for every hour of fun you have there are days of hard slogging work you must do first.
Because my daughter grew up with horses she learned not to be afraid of getting dirty and that appearances don't matter to most of the breathing things in the world we live in. Horses do not care about designer clothes, jewelry, pretty hairdos or anything else we put on our bodies to try to
impress others. What a horse cares about are your abilities to work within his natural world, he doesn't care if you're wearing $80.00 jeans while you do it. -
Because my daughter grew up with horses she understands the value of money. Every dollar can be translated into bales of hay, bags of feed or farrier visits. Purchasing non-necessities during lean times can mean the difference between feed and good care, or neglect and starvation. She has learned to judge the level of her care against the care she sees provided by others and to make sure her standards never lower, and only increase as her knowledge grows.
Because my daughter grew up with horses she has learned to learn on her own. She has had teachers that cannot speak, nor write, nor communicate beyond body language and reactions. She has had to learn to "read" her surroundings for both safe and unsafe objects, to look for hazards where others might only see a pretty meadow. She has learned to judge people as she judges horses. She looks beyond appearances and trappings to see what is within.
Because my daughter grew up with horses she has learned sportsmanship to a high degree. Everyone that competes fairly is a winner. Trophies and ribbons may prove someone a winner, but they do not prove someone is a horseman. She has also learned that some people will do anything to win, regardless of who it hurts. She knows that those who will cheat in the show ring will also cheat in every other aspect of their life and are not to be trusted.
Because my daughter grew up with horses she has self-esteem and an engaging personality. She can talk to anyone she meets with confidence, because she has to express herself to her horse with more than words. She knows the satisfaction of controlling and teaching a 1000 pound animal that will yield willingly to her gentle touch and ignore the more forceful and bad handling of those stronger than she is. She holds herself with poise and professionalism in the company of those far older than herself.
Because my daughter grew up with horses she has learned to plan ahead. She knows that choices made today can effect what happens five years down the road. She knows that you cannot care for and protect your investments without savings to fall back on. She knows the value of land and buildings. And that caring for your vehicle can mean the difference between easy travel or being stranded on the side of the road with a four horse trailer on a hot day.
When I look at what she has learned and what it will help her become, I can honestly say that I haven't "wasted" a penny on providing her with horses. I only wish that all children had the same opportunities to learn these lessons from horses before setting out on the road to adulthood.
Our next story is the story about making choices in young age.
When I was a young girl we moved to a big City, and it was a hard environment to grow up in, with allot of drugs, for kids even down in a very young age. Some of my classmates in 6 grade was already into very hard drugs, and allot of them is not alive today because of their abuse.
I had already been riding horses, and was lucky enough to find a barn where an old man had a couple of harness racing horses, and he was kind enough to allowed me to ride and care for his horses. One day this old man saw me together with people from my class, that he knew was abusing drugs, and he told me to make a choice. He said: I am not telling you who to be around, I am not telling you who to be friend with, but i am telling you to NEVER let me see you under influence of drugs or alcohol, because that day your not welcome here any more. This horses is my life after my wife passed away, and no matter how much i learned to love and appreciate you, i am set to take care of this animals, and no one is allowed to harm them as long as i live.
The people that was my friends, they was the only one that accepted me moving there from the country, not being a city girl it was hard, but the promise i gave that man still stand. I will never let anyone influence me to use something i don't choose my self, and i promised him to never be around horses or animals under influence of alcohol or drugs. This happened 32 years ago, today i am not touching alcohol and i have never tried drugs. Knowing how allot of my friends from that time ended up, i have to say the love of the horses saved my life. If it wasn't for the horses i would probably tried drugs and ended up buried in an early age. Thank God for those wonderful animals that love you, no matter dialect, the brand of your clothes or the color of your skin.
The story from our trainer and how horses showed her that there is no dis in Ability
15th of December 2001 was a life turning day for me. I remember grocery shopping for Christmas, before i was going to the barn to ride my horse and some of the far owners horses. It never ended there but in a hospital with more damage to my face and body that i even knew at the moment. I wanted to stand up and walk to see how my son was doing, that was in the car with me, but the EMS people told me i couldn't walk anywhere. I looked at my right foot and saw a bone sticking up on the top of my foot, so i said oki, then i will crawl over there. The EMS looked at me and said that's not our biggest issue, we have to be careful with your head, so your going to lay down and we take you to the hospital.
After we arrived at the hospital i was angry because they wouldn't let me see my son. The doctor told me i had to be patience and that i would be allowed to see him when time was right.
Some hours later they rolled my bed into the room where y son was sleeping, but i was not allowed to wake him up. After my visit in his room, they took me over to the surgery and i spent 5 hours there to fix my right foot as good as it could be done.
The day after they explained why i wasn't allowed to see my son, because i would have scared him so much with the way i looked.
This is how i looked 4 days after the accident, and the swelling had gone down a little.
My face was totally crushed on the left side, the surgery took 9 hours and it was 6 doctors working on building it together, so now it is built up with titanium, you can feel the screws around my eyes, and on the left side of my nose. My hip on the right side was also hurt bad, so the doctor told me i could never work as a hairdresser again, after had done so since i was 16.
He asked me what i wanted to do, i told him : Ride, Dance, Drive a motorbike, Walk just have a normal life.
He's answer was : Dance, Drive a motorbike, Walk and have a normal life was up to me. But when it come to riding i can help you. He sent me to a rehab where one of the activities is riding.
I will never be able to explain how it felt the first time they helped me up on horse, i felt like the accident never had happened, like i never was going to be or had been disabled. I would never be able to explain the joy, the peace and the feeling of being able to conquer what ever life sent in my pat. I learned more about y abilities that day then what i ever will or have done in the rest of my life. So horse can heal, and they can help you to over come fear, disabilities and become the best you ever can be. They helped me become who i am, a strong independent women that believe in her self, knowing i can reach my dreams and goals just by trying harder.
I have been qualified for World Equestrian Games, Paralympics and been the Norwegian Champion, won all the classes in a Danish Championship, so i know horses heals, and make you a better you!