National Horse Day was December 10th. It is funny how the month of December always seems to sneak up on us during school. When we are busy studying for finals, it is always a good idea to let our minds take some time to rest throughout the day. Be that through meditation, reading, or socializing, the importance of mental rejuvenation is essential to being a productive student. This past week, in light of the upcoming National Horse Day, my mind began to wander to all of the horses that I have encountered in my life that inspired me.
Back in 2011, I was still recovering from a very rare medical incident that required bone surgery. Running was difficult, and I was not mentally as fit as I would like to be. I had lost faith in what my body could safely do. To break out of this funk, I discovered a solution. I thought, if my legs were not 100%, then why don’t I use someone’s legs that are working properly? This lead me to a stable in Vermont where I met the schoolmaster Quarter Horse that would show me the ropes of riding and help me build my leg muscles back to what they used to me. He was a chestnut gelding, and his name was Clovis.
Clovis helped me learn to ride from the bottom up. I had always been a soccer player, so I had minimal riding experience. My weight was set in my toes, not my heels. Needless to say, it took some getting used to. After a year, I felt like I could walk, trot, and canter on Clovis with ease. Additionally, my legs had adapted to the requirements of horseback riding and put on some more pounds of muscle, making me feel like my body was much more secure than it had been since the surgery. It was so satisfying for me. Clovis not only physically helped me heal, he gave me a new mental confidence that I had not experienced before.
I bet that many of us have known horses like this at some point in our lives. This coming month, along with all of the thanks that we will give to our family and friends, why don’t we also offer some thanks to the horses that have guided us in our lives.