Saturday, June 4, 2011

A Girl and Her Horse

D3 and Molly
     I felt great joy watching D3 riding Molly today. Molly is a mare who had no future. She came to us after having a bad past. She was terrified of men and everything else on the planet. Her behavior was bad because she always reacted out of fear. Before long we considered her dangerous. A temperamental horse isn't the best choice for young riders. At one point in time, C.S.Farmer was willing to give her to anyone who'd take her.

     Now we realize that we were fortunate that no one came along to trailer Molly off the farm. I knew things were changing for her when she lost her halter. C.S.Farmer picked one up at the tack shop and brought it home. I took it to Molly and attempted to put it on her. It was a fight that I wasn't up for. I walked away vowing to try another day. D3 said, "Mommy. Let me try to get the halter on Molly." I reluctantly said yes, telling her to be very careful. D3 walked to the edge of the pasture and held out the halter. "Look at your new halter, Molly," said the child, holding out the dark green halter. Molly walked up to her. D3 told her she was going to put the halter on. With that, the mare got very close, lowered her head and stood perfectly still until the buckle was closed. My jaw dropped with amazement!

     Two years later, she has trained the horse to ride Western and the two are quite a pair. Molly is no longer insecure. When D3 goes to the pasture with the riding horses, Molly begs to be chosen to ride. You can almost hear her say, "Me. Me. Pick me." The girl has a horse and the horse has a girl. The girl wants to continue to train animals. She has a gift that's amazing. She's brought hummingbirds into the house, sitting on the palm of her open hand. She has done this three times, just by calling them. 

     Remember I said the girl has a horse and the horse has a girl? Well, both of them have a birthday- the very same month, day, and year! Some things are just meant to be.



11 comments:

  1. My horse Phoenix was a Molly too. Love these heartwarming stories of horses who find another chance :-)

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  2. That's a beautiful story! The Horse Whisperer!!!

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  3. Really nice to read this today. Such a great story and glad to see they made a connection.

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  4. How wonderful! You can see that horse has a kind eye; she was just waiting for someone to understand her. I love stories like this!

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  5. Great post. Girls and horses g together! Glad to see the helmet on when riding!....that would be the mom/grandma in me :-). It was always a rule when my girls were growing up. They hated it, but I bet now they would insist their kids have one on :-).

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  6. What a precious story! D3 has truly been given a gift- isn't it wonderful to not only see our children's gifts but to be able to watch them use it and know that they are aware of it? What a blessing!

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  7. oh your daughter really is gifted, isn't she?! what a special soul that the animals can see!

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  8. I once saw a quote somewhere that read:

    "Every horse deserves, at least once in it's life, to be loved by a horse-crazy girl."

    Lucky Molly has her horse-crazy girl:)

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  9. What an awesome story! I LOVE it! Seems you have a lil Miss Doolittle in your family, that's great! D3 must have a gentle spirit that animals can sense. And I am so happy that Molly has such a good home now!

    How is Wendell?

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  10. Patrice, your stories make me cry in a good way. How blessed you and your family are!

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