||Three years old|
||Haysville, Indiana, USA|
and I have quite a story. In February of 2012, Molly was purchased
as an unregistered two-year-old from a woman that could no longer afford
to take care of her. My aunt bought her out of the goodness of her heart
and swore to give Molly a good home.
I went out a week later to choose the miniature I wanted to use in the
local 4H fair in July. There were many options--my aunt has over thirty
minis--and several were older and more experienced than the homely little
filly in the back of the pen. Yet when I looked in her eyes, I saw
something I'd never seen before in my life: a piece of myself reflected
there. It was that moment I chose her and never looked back.
What I didn't know was what Molly didn't know. My aunt struggled to warn
me, but I didn't heed her. The first day, she wouldn't even lead. She
wouldn't stay on my right side and kept trying to switch to my left.
Grooming, she wouldn't hold still and kept getting her neck tangled in the
rope; plus she kept trying to bite me. Jumping wasn't even thinkable, as
she wouldn't trot next to me properly. Backing up was a nightmare.
I spent hours upon hours with my father out at the horse barn, getting her
to comply to everything I asked with high amounts of rewards. Slowly she
learned how to jump and back up and hold still. Fair time came, and we
placed third in the obstacle course! I was ecstatic. It seemed as though
all of my hard work and sweat and tears paid off.
After our show, I loosed her in the round pen. I just wanted to have a
little off-lead fun without a lead rope. I didn't expect anything. As I
paced around the pen, Molly followed my every step. If I jogged, she
trotted. If I sprinted, she cantered. If I backed, she backed. It made me
realize how deep of a connection I had built with her, training and
teaching and facing our fears together.
I feel Molly has changed me as a person. She's the one for me, my perfect
horse. Since this discovery, we've worked on many other things. After
winter, I'm planning on teaching her how to drive a cart.
These are some videos, featuring Molly and me and my Arabian, Missy: There's a Light, There's a Sun, Taking all the Shattered Ones
and it's like F O R G E T T I N G...
I'm Angela, and this is my lovely miniature horse, Molly.
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