by heartbeat for horses
This is Peppy who I have written about countless times. He is not my horse but he is the best horse ever :) Isn't he to die for? LOVE AT FIRST GLANCE!
Its been nearly a year and a half since the day I met my best friend, my soulmate, my lover, my encourager, my partner, my teammate. That day, April 2nd 2015 was the best day of my entire life.
Never would I have dreamed of loving a horse or a horse loving me as much as Peppy.
I remember when I first joined my horse club and the email said I would be riding a black and white american paint horse, I was not super excited. I had always dreamed of riding an elegant thoroughbred but the second I laid eyes on Peppy I was in love.
I remember so clearly as if it were yesterday, him standing by the pasture fence as we pulled into the driveway of the barn. He stood swishing his tail eating his grass. He had a stocky build, his coat was black and white, his mane hogged.
When I got out of the car, I remember him lifting his head to see who I was, then he went back to his grazing.
I rode him every time I possibly could and spent time with him as much as possible. I had known him about a year when I finally started riding lessons twice a month along with pony club events once a month.
At the time, Peppy and I didn't really have a bond. He knew who I was and he didn't dislike me but he didn't love me. I rode him in all of my lessons ad spent as much time bonding with him as I could.
And finally in June 2016 magic started happening. When I would walk into the barn or pasture he would prick his ears up and come towards me, a happy look in his eyes.
In July, he started listening so well to me and choosing me over food and over his actual owner.
When other people were around him and rode him, he acted like a devil but when I was near him I never saw so much love exhibited in an animal. He and I have come so far from posting trot to our first jump and cantering. He follows me to the barn without even a halter or treat and I can ride him without using my arms or using cues to get him to go. I can just tell him to do things and he does them.
Now everyone at the barn calls him my horse even though he isn't legally. I just want to thank him for these last 540 days.
THANK YOU PEPPY!
Ebony blotches on a coat of white
Your eyes full of enthusiasm shining bright
You make everything in this world perfect for me
You show me how true love can be.
That first morning we met
Your spirit caught my eye
I still remember that sad moment of saying goodbye
The terrible feeling I felt as if I were going to die.
Now each lesson I see you my friend
I think back on the moments
My heart swelling with joy
You the best friend I could ask for my boy.
Now we've created a bond so strong
I've waited for this moment all to long
Our love makes us stronger day and night
In my heart your guardian angel.
The way you prick up your ears when you see me
Jump over anything with my gentle cluck
Stand by my side no matter what
Come to the fence when I call your name.
That First Morning (December 2016)
It started on a morning bright and clear
I remember you standing there a hint of spirit in your eyes
A charming look that caught my heart
It started with a lesson on tacking up
Then I mounted and learned a few things
You were an angel it seems
Months went by we became best friends
I learnt so much from cantering to my first jump
Our bond now so strong
Its been an amazing time
You have taught me more than I imagined
You are the angel God decided to send
Your heart is gold
and your love for me is true
your always there for me when I can't make it throughA little poem for my boy! I love him more than life! :)