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November has us all thinking about the things we are thankful for – family, friends, health, and all the other obvious blessings in our lives.  But I started to think about some of the other things in my life I am thankful for, and what I realized was, that although they may be a little slower to come to mind, some of these “smaller” blessings have shaped my life in huge ways.  For me, the blessing of having horses in my life is one of these things.  Who would I be without horses in my life?  Oh my – where do I even start to begin with that?! 

Giving Thanks

Horses have taught me patience.  They have taught me to look at things from the point of view of someone else before I react; things are not always as we perceive them with our own eyes.

They have taught me how to be a leader – not in how to take charge, but rather how to be a person that others want to turn to when times get tough.

My horses have provided me solace when I needed escape, showing me that you don’t have to be cut from the same cloth as someone else to open your heart to a friend in need.

As frustrating as this can be when working with horses, they have taught me that every day is a new day; a slate wiped clean and a chance to start over and try again.  They have taught me that forgiveness isn’t always easy, but it is easier than you think.

I’ve learned that when you want to run away from something scary, sometimes taking a deep breath and putting one foot in front of the other slowly will get you where you really want to be, and you just might find it’s really not as scary as you feared.

I’ve learned that honesty really is the best policy, and communication is key.  I’ve come to appreciate that sometimes we all need a little push to get out of our comfort zone, and that no matter how old you think you are, we all need to bask in the moment and kick up our heels from time to time.

I’ve learned where true strength comes from – both physically and mentally – and that sometimes when you get dragged through the mud, it’s usually just your pride that’s wounded, and you can get up, wipe off, and laugh about it later!

I think I could go on and on about what horses mean to me and the life lessons I have learned from them.  I am who I am because of what these magnificent creatures teach us everyday.  This is why I am thankful for the horses in my life.

Why are you thankful for the horses in your life?

Equus Athletics wants to hear your stories.  Maybe it’s your child’s trustworthy pony, the steady gelding that helped you overcome your fear of falling, your amazing show horse, or something else.  Send us your story and a photo of your horse.  Be sure to include your horse’s name, breed, and anything else you want to share about what makes him special.  If your story is chosen, your photo and story will be featured on our website homepage as the “Equine Athlete” of the month, and you will receive an EquiStix Horse Massage Tool FREE, so you can show your horse just how thankful you are for all he does for you.  Click here to find out more details of the contest and to enter!  We’d LOVE to hear your stories!

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