November is the month we take to reflect on and give thanks to all the people, places and things that have helped mold us into who we are today. This horse life has shaped us. We are forever in debt to these amazing animals who have galloped through our dreams and left hoof prints on our hearts.
Thank your horse
– he is your best friend, your confidant, and the one who can undeniably put a smile on your face even after the worst day. You are a team. You work together – not as individuals. Thank him for keeping you safe while on his back. Thank him for giving his all with each and every step. Thank him for trusting you. Thank him for everything he brings to your life to make it whole.
Thank your trainers
– daily, weekly or monthly your trainer works with you to help you achieve your goals. They want you to succeed just as much as you do. They instill their knowledge and skills upon you to not only grow you as riders, but as quality horsemen. Thank them for all they do to help you end every ride on a good note.
Thank your parents
– for those of us who got “hooked” on this equestrian drug at a young age, there is no one more deserving of a ‘thank you’ than your parents. They have supported you and helped fund this sport from the beginning. They are your biggest cheerleaders and support system. We would absolutely be nowhere if it wasn’t for them.
Thank your barn pals
– these people accept and contribute to your ‘horse crazy’ personality. They are 100% OK with your OCD quirks and look out for the well-being of your horse when you aren’t around. Horse people are good people. They are some of the best friends I have ever made. They make group lessons fun! They make horse showing memorable! Your barn friends do not compare to any others.
Thank your barn owner and manager
– for those of us who board our horse, we rely on others to provide the best care possible for our four-footed friends. Their jobs aren’t easy. Early mornings and late nights coupled with keeping ALL owners happy makes for long days, every day. Thank them. They put up with a lot.
Thank your farrier
– as the old saying goes ‘no hoof, no horse.’ Thank these hard working men and women for putting up with crazy horses and crazy owners. Thank them for fitting you in first thing in the morning when your horse loses a shoe the day before an event. Thank them for keeping your horse’s feet happy and keeping you in the saddle.
Thank your veterinarian
– on-call nearly 24 hours a day, these individuals have dedicated their lives to the care and well-being of horses. Thank them. Their job isn’t easy, and at times, as horse owners, we make their job seem impossible. But they help us. They respond when an emergency occurs. They answer our unknowing, and sometimes downright silly questions. They guide us on the right care path for our horse. We need them, our horses need them.
Thank your lucky stars
– not everyone has the chance to experience this life. Not everyone will get to feel the distinct tickle of the horse’s whiskers on their cheek. Not everyone will know the freedom of galloping through an open field. It is a privilege to be an equestrian. Remember that when you are having an ‘off’ day. Count your blessings and remember that horses are one of them. They complete us like no person or thing ever will.