Horses have personalities just as we do. They like what they like, and they pretty much all have a very strong opinion. But, how should we know when to give up something we would love to do for something we love? For example, I have wanted to barrel race my whole life, but my horse hate it. I see how much he loves to work with cows, so maybe i should adjust my dreams so that i can keep my best friend with me. Selling him has crossed my mind a lot but over Thanksgiving break, with dead running playing tag with my cousins and sliding in the mud to cut off a cow, i realized that I don't want to experience these things with any other horse, and I don't want to show another horse all of the things that I have shown Major over 2 years. Major has taught me so much, and I couldn't imagine going through life without him. There has to be a compromise when making a realization such as this. I think that if I am going to keep him, then i need to figure out something to make us both happy because although I love barrels and poles, he doesn't, and he loves trails, but I don't want to only do trails and he loves to run. I want to compete, so what about break away roping? He likes to rope and chase cows and I like to rope. So I thought a lot about it and had to make that decision, and I honestly felt refreshed because I could stop thinking about having to deal with selling him and all those tears. It gave me a wave of happiness. There's a point where happiness is more important than doing whatever it takes to fulfill a dream, which could cause more misery.
"A true horseman does not look at the horse with his eyes, he looks at his horse with his heart."
Author : Kaylee Sutton