Today I’m writing a blog that I didn’t have the strength to write exactly one year ago.
I love you. There are so many things I wish I could have done differently in your life. I made mistakes, but I hope you know that I did my best to correct them and I hope you can forgive me for being young and stupid.
I hope you know that you are a huge part of our family, and that since you’ve been gone, not a day has gone by where I didn’t think about you. I miss you so much.
You were the best first horse a girl could ever ask for. Steadfast with the biggest heart I have ever known, the only time you ever refused a fence was when I was falling off and you swerved so I wouldn’t. You never backed down from anything — showing in literally every class in 4-H and kicking a** in all of them. Together we learned about success (and failure) and you taught me that hard work pays off.
You cultivated my love of horses and my passion for the show ring. You helped me pick my major in college, get my first job and most importantly, you showed me true love. We went through so much life together, that now it’s a little hard going at it without you sometimes. But I’m lucky, because you vetted Sam, and made sure he was good enough, before you left. And you were right, as usual — he’s definitely a keeper.
I hope you know that I’m going to buy another horse someday, hopefully sooner rather than later, and I believe that that’s what you would want me to do. But I also want you to know that no other horse will ever have the same spot in my heart. You will always and forever be my first horse, my first love and I will never forget all that you taught me.
THE MASTERCARD // “VISA”
January 31, 1993 – April 17, 2014