I've wanted a horse since I was a little girl. So after a few years not riding regularly I've decided to get back into my life-long love, full swing! After only a few months of horse shopping I found my cute mare Dani in 2012. Then in 2015 we moved from CO to NC and bought horse property. We now also have Chance a sweet Arabian gelding.
This is the story of my continuing adventure in the world of horses in my backyard.
I'm sure everyone is familiar with B.C. and A.D. as far as time lines go. Anno Domini (AD or A.D.) and Before Christ (BC or B.C.) are designations used to label or number years used with the Julian and Gregorian calendars. This calendar era is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the conception or birth of Jesus of Nazareth, with AD counting years after the start of this epoch, and BC denoting years before the start of the epoch.
Well I now have a personal B.C. and A.D.
B.C. means before Caballus (Equus caballus that is!). In my life B.C. was a sad and lonely time (not really just being dramatic here!) years 32-1 B.C. marked the time in my life without a regular horse companion. I spent some time with horses, lesson horses and lease horses that I could only see under an instructors tutelage or on set days. I felt restricted and like I had to do things exactly how the owner or instructor did. I didn't feel like it was okay to make a mistake. No one made me feel this way I just often felt like a paramecium under a microscope, which sometimes I want to be so I can learn what I'm doing wrong. But alas, I longed for the day when I could truly develop a relationship with my own horse that I could feel free to learn with and find what worked for me. I dreamed of what my future horse would be like, I dreamed of Arabians always loving the Black Stallion story.
Of course now I am entering into the A.D. era, which means After Dani. She's my beautiful Morgan mare, I don't think I could love her more even if she was an Arabian. She's just right! Now an official horse owner I am on my own, not really but kinda. I can do what I want with my mare and take the steps at my own pace...learning a lot I'm sure as I go. Of course I always want to seek professional guidance at times but I think being just Dani and me will allow me to learn more than the once a week lesson or lease horse ever could. Linda said to me that I just need to ride regularly and go at my own pace. She's right, perfection is not my goal, it'd be nice but I just need to get over my fears and be with my horse, never going too far too fast. Yeah I'll make mistakes but I'll learn just like Dani will learn from her mistakes. If I get overwhelmed I take a step back or work with my trainer.
Dani's stall placard until she's moved full time onto the
A.D. is an exciting point in my personal history, so begins year 1 A.D.