Friday, March 13, 2015

All I Ever Wanted Was A Horse

The first words out of my mouth as a child were, "I want a horse".

Every year my parents asked me what I wanted for Christmas.  
Every year I said I wanted A Horse.

Every year my parents asked me what I wanted for my Birthday.
Every year I said I wanted A Horse.

My parents went on trips and asked me what I'd like them to bring me back.
I told them to bring me back A Horse.

Year in and year out all I ever wanted was A Horse.

My dream came true when I bought my first horse as I entered into my 40's.  It was a hard-headed and not very popular decision at the time.  But I knew that if I didn't do it at this point in my life that I would never do it.

My life-long dream would be crushed.

...I just couldn't let that happen.  

Soon we had two horses, then three and at one point I recall (gleefully) telling people we had a whole hand of horses (five).

We bought a horse trailer.

We bought a larger truck.  

We upgraded to a brand new horse trailer.  

We upgraded to a bigger brand new truck.  

We sold our house near the beach and moved out to the country where we could keep our horses on our own property.  

We've rescued horses.

We've doctored horses.

We've spent nights with sick horses.

...And we've put horses down.

In the past ten years on the Double S Ranch there have always been two, sometimes three horses on our pastures.

But today we only have one horse - Elvis.  

I've been asked if we're going to add another horse to our family and for the first time in almost twenty years ago, I sense changes in the wind.

I'm 61 years old and am blessed to have a nine-year old horse of my dreams.  He is everything (and more) than I ever could imagine.

I look back on my past with fond, loving memories of the horses we've had.

But our future may be the horse outside my window right now.

I've met and achieved my dream.

All I Ever Wanted Was A Horse.


  1. That's wonderful! Enjoy the dream! I am living a similar dream, although I was 10 years older than you when I got started (and a tad older than you now) but I feel very fortunate that I have two horses that I feel will keep me going: a sassy mare and a steadfast gelding. By the time I should quite riding, they should quit being ridden. Not a plan; just happened that way!
    Bionic Cowgirl

  2. I'm so Happy for you and Elvis!

  3. Lol, Sounds like me---I got my first horse at age 33. Found your blog on the reading list of another and I am a new follower :) We live up in Northwest WA, eastern skagit area---those wildfires were frighteningly close this summer!