“It was like watching two halves of a bridge come together and together they were complete, each one understanding the other better than anyone could understand either one of them,” – Kim Meeder, Author and Rancher at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch
Tara Farrah is now the other half of my bridge.
I have had six awesome horses in my past fifteen years of riding that I have truly connected with, and each disconnecting has been so painful that I was determined to never let myself get attached again. However, the stables have proven to be kryptonite to any strength of will I possess. I happily never say never anymore.
In the past month that we have worked together, Tara has looked down her regal nose at me like a stern schoolmaster. At first, I felt her indifference, that she was the head honcho and why should she bother with me? I accepted her challenge to prove to her that a couple of hours with me instead of just hanging with her herd would be a good thing. The more I kept coming around, at the risk of being too anthropomorphic, I felt like I had passed her series of tests. And, of course, always bringing an apple for the teacher never hurts.
Tara has picked up where my other wonderful, amazing horse partners left off. They all knew as she now knows that in exchange for treats, ear scratches, and sponge baths, I need help to work on all the things she has already figured out in her pasture life. I am in constant need of practicing her high level of assertiveness, confidence, consistency, and competency, not only in my riding but in every area of my life. Tara and I have reached a mutual and incredibly rewarding understanding of each other. She had big horseshoes to fill, but she did it.