My Quarter Horse Mare, Dancer is My Hero

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Here is a love story I’ve been wanting to share for a long time:

Brown Sugar Dance (Dancer to those who know and love her) is my quarter horse mare. She is a very calm and thoughtful mare. In April she will turn 17 and has been my owner for the last four years. I could not have asked for a better horse to get my confidence on after a nearly fatal accident 8 years ago. I had bought my first horse at 45, owned it for one month (prabably the shortest time of anyone on the planet), fell off, breaking four ribs in about 10 place, punctured a lung and stayed in the hospital for 12 days. Took me almost a year to recover completely. Swore I’d never ride again

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After almost 5 years, and looking at least a billion horses, I found her and I’d like to say it was love at first sight. I  kind of was and kind of wasn’t. The first time I got on her only lasted five minitues. I knew I was going to throw up, have a heart attack and to top it off, I was shaking so badly, it was only a matter of time before I vibrated off her back.dancer and her new sign

To make a long story short., she put up with my ineptness, never got crazy because of my fear and has always been good to me. She has taught me how to ride and how to be more patient. Do we have our challenges? Sometimes, but we work through them. Do I still have fear, absolutely, but I persevere. Being able to trust her has helped a lot with that.