In the summer of 1989, I turned 9 years old and met Shawna. She was a 19 year old, sorrel mare who was literally skin and bones. Shawna was inbetween being purchased by a horse dealer and being resold again at auction. My family and I were told by the horse dealer that he'd rather sell her because her fate was to become "dog food" if she did not find a loving home. My mom told him that the loving home would be ours! And so began some of the most magical and wonderful moments of my young life.
I always felt chubby and awkward but atop my sorrel mare I became the woman in the maxi pad commercial on the beach, bareback, wind in my hair!
out that hot summer day relaxing in the water, swimming and playing. I was the only
one there on horseback. Naturally the kids (I mostly noticed the boys) were pointing at me and excited to see a horse. This encouraged the show off in me.