Thursday, May 24, 2012

He's had my heart for 5 years now...

 Five years ago today Garlic was delivered to his forever home and I'll tell you it has been the fastest 5 years of my life and some of the best memories I have include him. I've mentioned before and I'll say it again he is my childhood, little girl dream come true, only better. As best I can piece together he's about 30 today and I wanted to share some of the sage wisdom he's taught me since joining my life. There are some things I've learned in the past 5 years that only he could have taught me.
 He's taught me that sometimes what you think you want and what you need are completely different and what you need turns out being exactly what you want.

There are things in life worth waiting for because time is fleeting and causes you to savor every minute in a way that's not possible had you gotten it instantly.
 Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side of the fence but the grass is short, the people don't understand you and there is sweet feed served at home!

A few hours on horseback or a large warm shoulder to cry on are sometimes the same thing.

Sometimes it's the smallest stone that causes the most surefooted among us to stumble and it's ok we can recover and continue along that trail.

Lay down in the sunshine and rest when you're tired and take off at a full gallop when you're not.

Aging gracefully is beautiful.

Nicker when you see a loved one! They tend to eat that up - and bring carrots.
 Forgive the hurts from the past; they made you who you are, and who you are is appreciated because of the past, the good and the bad. 

It takes time to build trust, it's hard work but the payoff is amazing. I rode 'Boz' (Garlic) today bareback in a halter with just a lead rope. It was amazing, it gives me chills to relive it. We've gotten to know each other and built a trust with one another and developed an ability to listen to each other in a language only he and I speak, it's beautiful and there is now way this would have happened 5 years ago, but I'm so thankful we were put in each others paths and have had the past 5 years together.

It's ok to take chances, I did 5 years ago and have never looked back. I took a chance 5 years ago on a skinny old horse with a kind eye and completely unknown history, I took a leap of faith and I'm still flying!

I have no idea how much longer I have with him; 30 is getting up there, but if I spent all my time worrying about that and wondering I'd miss out on a whole pile time. So here's to the next 5 years Boz! Thank you for being the most amazing horse on the planet and for being mine. I love you Boz.


  1. What a heart horse! I'm so happy you two have each other.

  2. I don't have "horse love," but I understand it, and love that you do. AND I love, love, love those pictures. YOU are amazing AND beautiful. (And Garlic is pretty good looking, too!) Give him a kiss for me.

  3. Oops, should have signed out, and signed back in as Dog Hair... sorry! But, I'm sure you know it's me, anyways! Eh, too late now.

  4. Thank you.

    I'd have figured that out eventually Dog Hair! Will have to check out your new blog, I take it you're back from alaska...

  5. Beautiful!!!...xo

  6. Dang, girl. If he really is 30, he looks FANTASTIC! What are you feeding him?

  7. Dang, girl. If he really is 30, he looks FANTASTIC. What are you feeding him? How much exercise is he getting? He looks AMAZING.

  8. Thanks Lisa! I think so too, but I am sort of partial to thinking that. ;-) I have no reason to think he's not 30, but have no way to get an exact age. When I got him they said late teens maybe 20, the vet aged him at 20-22 and the equine dentist came out she said he was 24-25 more likely 25+, that was 5 years ago... This spring he looks way older than he's looked before but I think he's beautiful everyday.


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