October 19, 2017
Just like we make inexplicably special connections with certain people, we make special connections with certain horses. A lot of people think that the term “soul mate” applies only to romantic partners, but I believe it can apply to a lot of relationships. Friends, family, and animals can connect with our souls on a level that we can’t explain. It’s not just about romance; it’s about a connection that makes us feel safe, makes us feel known without having to explain ourselves.
My horse-of-a-lifetime was Lenardo, a bay Danish Warmblood gelding standing at 18 hands. Despite his impressive stature, he was truly just a humongous puppy. All he wanted to do was snuggle. We had a game we played where he would stick his tongue out and wait for me to grab it, then he’d yawn enormously and stick his tongue back out to do it again. He loved peppermint Tums and Ritz Bitz with cheese (they were his snack of choice at horse shows.)
I can’t explain the way it felt when I worked with Nardo. I would sit on his back and the sense of familiarity was so calming – knowing exactly what it meant when his ear twitched this way or his mouth grabbed at the reins. It’s the kind of familiarity you feel when you sit in comfortable silence with a close friend. It only comes with time and shared experience.
One of my biggest regrets in life is that I was behind the camera in almost all of the pictures I have of Nardo, instead of in the pictures with him. Now that he’s gone, I would give almost anything to go back in time to have our relationship documented in a way that was true to our own special, odd, perfect connection.
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