Thursday, January 10, 2013

And Today's Grab Your Kleenex Moment Is...

You may have seen this video floating around on the web somewhere.  If you haven't, take a moment to watch it all the way through.  The key piece of information that transforms this from a cool "girl trains horse" video into a "Holy Crap, I need some Kleenex!" video is about halfway through.

Kinda brings the point home about the importance of time and trust, not just in our equine partnerships, but in all our relationships.  You could also argue that it makes a good point about what exactly makes our equine partners "useful." 

Maybe that's the wrong word.  What I'm getting at is this: Sometimes if a horse doesn't tick all the boxes perfectly, he's deemed as unsuitable.  Granted, Stormy's case is an extreme situation, and it's not every horse person that could and should train a horse with a serious issue.  However, maybe we have a horse that can no longer do what we got it to do.  Perhaps, before we say our friend is no longer suitable, maybe we just need to realign our priorities and goals, and take a look at what may still be possible.

Anyway, I thought this was a pretty darn inspirational and thought-provoking video.  I hope you think so as well.


  1. Oh man, thanks for making me cry at work! That was incredible...and you're right in your comments about making it work, even if you have to realign/adjust/change goals for the benefit of our partners.

    1. Aww. I'm sorry Jenn. If it makes you feel better, I did too.

  2. So nice to hear about people who stick with their horses. This pair are very inspiring.

  3. Apparently I know someone who knows this young woman personally, and they stated on Facebook that she is a fantastic person and a joy to all that meet her. I think you can see that in the video, but just thought I would share.
    I totally agree with you. I am a hobby rider (which most of us are) that will do with my horse what my horse can do. I understand the need to have a horse that can compete in what the rider wants, but I am not that kind of equestrian. I guess that is why riders tend to specify that one horse is a "forever horse." Meaning not for sale, or trade up. I certainly don't blame people for trading horses so they can compete how they wish, but I found my "forever horse" early and now we are stuck together. :) Pippi should no longer jump, in my opinion, so we are now switching to Dressage. Could she jump, at least lower stuff? Maybe, but I am now willing to risk her for my entertainment.

  4. I saw this this morning....cried cried cried lol