I recently lost a very special buddy of mine. His name is Rocky and he was by far one of the best horses ever.
Rocky was obviously abused by a previous owner and when my mom first got him he was reluctant to get to know us. We hung out a lot when I first moved to Texas for graduate school and slowly Rocky opened up. Animals are incredible. They can overcome anything thrown at them. I am so happy that he was able to experience a fantastic last couple of years. My mom provides her horses with five star luxury treatment and Rocky enjoyed every bit of it.
I am not a great rider, just a casual rider, but with Rocky it was easy, he did all the work. In time we both trusted each other and basically I just let him do his thing. He took care of me and I was just along for the ride. I trusted him so much that I often just let go of the reins, even when galloping through fields. So much fun!
Usually Rocky is a relaxed horse, but get him in a horse arena and wooooaaahh! The first time I entered into the arena with Rocky I was complety thrown off guard. He had the ability to bulk up and become a super horse and really I just got in his way. He had obviously barrel raced in the past and I had obviously not. I just held on and he did all the steering. As soon as we exited the arena, back to the relaxed, chill horse I knew.
His passing has reminded me to live your life. Take the time out of our everyday busy lives to enjoy what we have. And you know what – do what you want to do! And cherish those who support what you do. I wish I had more time with Rocky but he has left a huge footprint on my heart.
Here are some fabulous pictures to describe some of our adventures.