A girl only has one first horse, and I'm so glad mine was you. You were everything I needed as a young rider and girl. As a shy girl with low self confidence, I didn't have too many people I could trust. But you were always there to listen. You may not have been able to talk back and tell me it was going to be okay, or that you were there for me, but just being around you was so therapeutic for me. It was hard to be anything but happy when I had you next to me asking for a treat in the cutest way. We shared a bond that I can never replace with any other horse or human.
Not only were you a good listener, you were a very good and patient teacher. Not just on the ground, but especially under saddle. I learned more about how I should and shouldn't shift my weight, you taught me how to ask for things the right way. Without you, I wouldn't be half of the rider or person that I am today. You taught me a lot about love, and that the right decision wasn't always the easiest one. We walked away from the show ring with a lot of blue ribbons, and a lot of discouraging moments to go along with them. No matter how we did as a team, we were always back at work the day after a mistake ready to rebound and be better than the last time.
Since I was lucky enough to call you mine from middle school until the middle of my senior year, you were with me through it all. Every breakup, bad grade, or fight led to me heading straight to the barn for a long ride to clear my head. You were always there when I needed you the most, and you somehow knew to be on your best behavior when I was at my lowest. You were in my senior pictures, met all of my friends, and saw me at my absolute worst. I am so privileged to have been your owner, and while our time together may have gotten cut short, it's comforting to know that you're making hundreds of little girls smile every week.
So thank you, for being so much more than a pet to me. You were by my side in the darkest of times and taught me or than any teacher or lesson plan could. I'm very thankful that you have a great home with wonderful people taking care of you, because you deserve it. I always pictured that I would have you until you got well into your thirties, but life doesn't always turn out the way we expect it. Thank you for giving me the ability to make the best decision for both of us, not just myself. I'm grateful for every moment that I spent being your owner, and I'm blessed to say that I can still have you as a part of my life; just not as frequent as we both may want.
Loading you up onto that trailer knowing that I wasn't coming with you was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I love seeing pictures of you on Facebook with the little girls that you're teaching every day. I'm sure that they realize what a special guy you are, and even though you won't be able to read this ever, I know that you know that I love you. Thanks so much for the great memories and for making me a better person. Horses truly do leave hoof prints on your heart.