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 You Know You're A Horse Person.......
  1.  When you trade your car for a truck, just so you can accomodate your horse.
  2. When you are totally grossed out by human hair in the sink or the tub, but you don't mind horse hair in your washer, on your clothes, or in your food.
  3. When you kiss your horse MORE than the human members of your family.
  4. When you say "Whoa" to the dog.
  5. When the floor plan of the house your building accomodates your horse lifestyle.
  6. When your horse gets new "shoes" more often than you do.
  7. When you pass up social invitations because they'd interfere with  your riding and horse show schedule.
  8. When you buy 15 lbs. of carrots a week but wouldn't eat a carrot if someone paid you.
  9. When you pull change from your pockets and hay falls on the ground.
  10. When you clean your tack after *every* ride, but never ever wash the car.
  11. When on rainy days, you organize your barn instead of your house.
  12. When you actually get to the point where flies don't bother you so much
  13. When your barn is cleaner than your house/ room.
  14. When your horse is your favorite confidant.
  15. When you have more pictures of your horses than you do of your family in your officer/room.
  16. When the aroma of manure smells homey to you.
  17. When you would rather have electricity in your barn than go on a family vacation, unless you can take your horse.
  18. When you giggle when your horse farts in your face.
  19. When your first sign of spring isn't seeing a robin but seeing a fly and your first thought is "time to stock up on the Flyspray"
  20. When you have saved every horse magazine you have ever bought.
  21. When you can't make it to work/school because of bad weather, but manage to make it to the barn somehow.
  22. When your house/room is decorated with bits,saddles, halters, blanket racks, trunks, trophies, ribbons, and pictures galore all over.
  23. When you say "Whoa" to your truck or car.

A Rider's Prayer

Dearest Creator in Heaven,
Give me strength to guide my horse.
Make my hands soft and my head clear.
Let my horse understand me and I him.

My heart you have blessed with a special love of these animals.
Let me never lose sight of it.
My soul you have gifted with a deep need for them.
Let that need never lessen.

Always let my breath catch as the sun gleams on an elegant head.
Always may my throat tighten at the sound of a gentle nicker.
Let the scent of fresh hay and a new bag of grain be sweet to me.
Let the touch of a warm nose on my hand always bring a smile.

I adore the joy of a warm day on the farm.
The grace and splendor of a running horse,
The thunder of its hooves makes my eyes burn and my heart soar.
Let it always be so.

Dearest Creator grant me patience,
For horses are harnessed wind, and wind can be flighty.
Let me not frighten or harm them.
Instead show me ways to understand them.

Above all, dear Creator, fill my life with them.
When I pass from this world, Send my soul to no heaven without them.
For this love you have given me graces my existence
And I shall cherish it and praise You for it for all time.

Author Unknown

A Horse's Prayer
Feed me, water me, and care for me, and when the day's work is done,provide me
with a shelter, a pasture large enough for me to run, romp and play.  Talk to me,
you voice often means as much to me as the reins.  Pet me sometimes that I
may serve you more gladly and learn to love you.  Never strike, beat or kick me
when I do not understand what you want, but give me a chance to understand
you. Make sure that I am properly shod so I may serve you in comfort.  Finally oh
master, when my youthful strength is gone, do not tuen me out to starve or
freeze, or sell me to a cruel owner to be slowly tortured to death, but thou, my
master, take my life in the kindest way, and your God will reward you here and
hereafter.  You will not consider me irreverent if I ask this in the name of Him who
was born in a stable.- Unknown

My Favorite Quotes!!!!!!!

1. It is only rare that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man, but one can
almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman.
-Alexandre Dumas
2. Animals were once, for all of us, teachers.  They instructed us in ways of being and perceiving that extended our imaginations, that were models for additional possibilities.
-Joan McIntyre
3. To me, horses and freedom are synonymous.
-Veryl Goodnight
4. Silences make the real conversations between friends.
-Margaret Lee Runbeck
5. Lead me not into temptation, I can find the way myself.
-Rita Mae Brown
6. There are two ways of meeting difficulties:  you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.
-Phylis Bottome
7. Trouble is a sieve through which we sift our acquaintances. Those too big to pass through are our friends.
-Arlene Francis
8. Women have been taught, that for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out we will fall off the edge.  Some of us have ventured out nevertheless, and so far we haven't fallen off.
-Andrea Dworkin
9. Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic energy striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time.
-Brenda Euland
10. I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.
-Brigitte Bardot
11.You and your horse. His strength and beauty. Your knowledge and patience and determinaton.  And understanding. And love.  That's what fuses the two of you into this marvelous partnership that makes you wonder, what can Heaven offer any better than what you have here on earth.
-Monica Dickens
12. There is something about the outside of a horse, that is good for the inside of a man.
-Sir Winston Churchill

"Just A Horse"
From time to time, people tell me "lighten up, it's just a horse...,"

... or, "that's a lot of money for just a horse".

They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, of the costs involved for "just a horse". Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a horse".

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a horse," but I did not once feel slighted. Even some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse", but in those days of darkness, I quickly find the gentle touch of "just a horse" who then gives comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a horse", then you probably understand phrases like "just a friend", "just a sunrise", or "just a promise". "Just a horse" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.

"Just a horse" brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of "just a horse" I will rise early, take on the day and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse"but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a horse" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday thay can understand that it's not "just a horse" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a woman".

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a horse" just smile, because they "just" dont understand.

Chance & (Me) Just Hanging around!

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Ride with me through fields of green clover,the good times and the bad, & I'll ride with you through life.... Cati Christian