On Thanksgiving, many equestrians are giving thanks for their wonderful horses, trainers, veterinarians, farriers, and everyone else who makes our involvement in the equine world possible. But have you ever wondered what your horse gives thanks for? Here's our stab at what your horse would say.
I am a lucky horse; I have a lot to be thankful for this year. I have a nice life, a comfortable stable, and great friends (of both the two- and four-legged variety). I have so much to be thankful for.
I'm thankful for my turnout, and the fact that I get to spend lots of time outside. I know some horses aren't so lucky, but I have a nice pasture that I get to explore every day. I'm thankful for the fact that I can go out and run and buck and kick. My human has provided me with special fencing to keep me safe, and my pasture is my own place where I get to go and be a horse.
My equine friends are great; I'm so thankful for them. We talk through our stalls at night and enjoy the days outside in the pasture. It's reassuring to have them around, and I know that I am always safe when they are present. We explore the trails together and watch each other train in the ring; I'm lucky to have them.
I'm also grateful for the fact that my tack fits well and that I'm comfortable when my human is riding me. That's because she pays special attention to how well my saddle fits and always checks to make sure that my bridle is adjusted properly. She doesn't just check my saddle once a year, either – she checks it every few weeks, as my body changes with our training, and she always has my comfort first and foremost in mind. She's even treated me to equine chiropractic and massage sessions when I've needed them – I'm one lucky horse!
And, of course, I'm thankful for good food that keeps me healthy. My human makes sure I always have hay or pasture available, and that helps me pass the hours and feel like a horse. It also helps to keep me from colicking, and I will never say no to food! My human brings me apples and carrots, which I adore. And, although I don't really look forward to them as much as I do the treats, I suppose I'm also thankful for the fact that my vet and farrier help to keep me healthy.
But above all, I'm thankful for my human, who loves me and cares for me. I'm thankful for our partnership, and for our rides, and for the fact that we're always keeping each other on our toes and challenged. I'm thankful for how far we've come, and for all of our adventures, and for the long grooming sessions and the quiet time we spend late at night when all the other humans have left and it's just her and me. I'm grateful that she calls me hers, and I'm grateful that she's mine.
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