Today's topic is 'If you could speak to any horse, dead or alive, what would you tell them?'
Well while there are a few horses I'd love to be able to say something to I really wish I could talk to Mollie. Just for a day.
And if I could tell her anything, I'd tell her thank you.
Thank you for loving me all those years ago when I first got you. Loving me so much that even though I was terrified of you at times I couldn't even think of selling you because I didn't think anything else could love me that much.
Thank you for letting me snuggle with you (sometimes). I know you hate it but somehow you know when I need it the most.
Thank you for reminding me that I'm not always right. Reminding me that you make mistakes and so do I, neither of us are perfect and I shouldn't ever think we are. You prove me wrong every time, and I'm so grateful for that.
Thank you for not dumping my ass every time I was so afraid coming up to a cross country fence I literally closed my eyes and held on. I'd feel you snatch the bit, speed up, and knew you'd always figure out how to get us over.
Thank you for being sensible. You've never been the fanciest horse but being able to canter you around a strange field and knowing you'll keep me safe is all I could ever ask for.
Thank you for being there through college. Thank you for being ok when I couldn't make it out to the barn 5 days in a row and still behaving for me despite the time off. Thank you for putting up with my emotional highs and lows as I transitioned (and continue to transition) to adult hood.
Thank you for telling me it was time to stop jumping. Letting me know your body can't do it anymore. Thank you for building a strong enough relationship with me that I knew exactly what you wanted me to hear.
Thank you for staying with me almost 13 years later. I can't believe how far we've come, and how many people we've proved wrong along the way. I love hearing people say "I can't believe you still have her." I can't believe they ever doubted I'd keep you.
Thank you for letting me ride you places like this on Sunday mornings. Thank you for reminding me that the best memories are rarely made in an arena.
Thank you Mollie.
You have no idea how much you've done for me.
Many photos courtesy of Knoopdawg Photography and Polar Square Designs.