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A horse is not just a pet. barrel racing is not just a hobby.
when the wind is whipping through my hair as we race toward the barrel, fully believing that with a couple of undetectable cues she will set and turn, i learn what trust is.
when i finally stumble inside after brushing, and braiding, and bathing, and icing, and wrapping, and patching, and feeding, and watering; i learn what sacrifice is.
when we round that final barrel and i ask her for all she has as we run home and she pushes herself to the absolute limit, i learn what partnership is.
when i tackle her neck and cry into her mane, and instead of walking away she turns her head toward me and nuzzles my arm, i learn what love is.
may we never forget what a privilege it is to call these magnificent animals friends and partners. when a horse enters your life you will never be the same.
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