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Readers Share Memories of their 

First Horses

 

December 2011 issue

 

Nevada

      I was 11 years old and I will never forget the first time I laid eyes on my horse. A friend pointed him out to me because he was for sale. He had a little girl on him and I went over to meet him. I swear it was love at first sight. I was supposed to buy another horse but I went home and told my mom that I had to have this horse that I had seen today.

      His name was Nevada and I bought him in 1976. He was 10 and I was 11. He was a beautiful liver chestnut quarter horse with a perfect white star on his forehead.

      I would spend from sun up till sun down at the ranch hanging with my horse and my other friends. I mostly rode him on the trails. I wanted to see him every single day. I dreaded when we would go away because I would constantly worry about him. I didn’t go away to college because I couldn’t imagine leaving him behind.

      He had the deepest nicker and we used to talk to one another all the time. I found out he loved Hawaiian punch, red vines and jolly ranchers. He would just lift his head high and I would pour the Hawaiian punch in his mouth. He couldn’t get enough. His lips and tongue would be so red and he licked his lips for minutes trying to savor the flavor!

      Nevada and I spent 27 wonderful years together. He spent the last 10 years of his life at a beautiful retirement facility with 1 1/2 acres of irrigated pasture, a girlfriend and a nice stall with shavings. Even though he was 45 minutes away, I still saw him 5 to 7 days a week.

      He had a stroke but lived to be 37 years old. People used to ask me why or how he lived so long and I told them that he probably thought he was already in heaven! Nine years has passed since he left me, but not a day goes by that I don’t think about him and about how much I miss him!

— A Nebraska Reader

 

Sally

      One of my first horses, (being raised on a ranch I had several) was Sally. Sally was a tall, blaze-faced chestnut who was part thoroughbred and had once had a brush with sleeping sickness, which didn’t affect her much except she was a little slow for cow work, hence, becoming a kids’ horse. I was only about five when I started riding, and I was the “littlest cowboy on the biggest horse” as Sally was probably around 16 hands tall.

      One of my fondest memories of Sally was once when we were moving cattle, and came to a reservoir. Sally decided to wade in for a drink, and came close to getting bogged down in the black mud.

      “Jump off,” my dad yelled as Sally struggled to get out.

      “No! I’ll get my new boots muddy!” I yelled back, gripping the saddle horn in a death grip. Sally finally struggled to shore, and I kept my new boots clean.

— Cynthia J. Rhoades, Wyoming

 

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