Giving Thanks Entry #8

By Lisa Goodwin

I have so many things to be thankful for. My family, the opportunities I have had, and my horse, Frisby. Frisby is one of those once in a lifetime horses. I have owned him for going on 12 years now, and from the moment I met him we just clicked.

I had heard before people talk about a once in a lifetime horse, but I had never had the opportunity to experience it. I have been around horses in one way or another for the past 40 years. I had always gotten horses that no one else wanted, or that couldn’t be ridden. And when I had an opportunity to buy my ‘dream horse’, I found Frisby. He was 8 years old, and he had no idea of how to trot with a rider on his back, let alone canter, but I wanted him.

He danced around while he was being saddled up, and his owner had to run behind him with a lunge whip to make him trot, but something deep inside of my heart told me to buy this horse.

From the first time I saw him, I knew he was special. He was definitely stubborn, and had a will of his own, but looking into his kind eye, I just knew he was the one.

Over the years we have learned together, and he has become all that I knew he could be. Along with helping me to become a better rider, and horse person. We have had our ups and downs, mainly because I decided to try something new, and even though I could tell he thought I was crazy, he went along with my ideas, most of the time. This horse has taught me so much, and I will be forever grateful to him for that.

He is always a willing partner. He lets me work through my riding challenges, and tolerates my mistakes without ever getting upset. He allows me to practice patterns, and continually groom him while he hangs out in his stall. He is never bothered by the attention or affection that he receives. And every morning I am greeted with a deep nicker that warms my heart. He is my heart.

Frisby is almost 20 now, and he still fulfills every wish of a horse I could have ever wanted or hoped for. With all of the incredible memories and lessons this horse has taught me, I am so lucky to have found him. And I plan on making sure he knows how much he means to me for the rest of his life.

To my horse, Frisby…..Thank you for choosing me.