A boy and his new horse
My wife Mary posted this on Facebook and it is worth posting here, too.
Brought a tear to my eye. (In truth, it brought a rush of tears to both eyes.)
Here is what she wrote about our 10-year-old son Shane …
Shane lost his beloved horse Frosty in the fall just a few days before they were supposed to compete together at the WSCA Championship Show.
They’d qualified together in almost all the games classes in the PeeWee Division. Shane went to Champ Show alone and watched from the stands. It was heartbreaking to stand and watch him pick out a souvenir sweatshirt with his and Frosty’s name on it.
Frosty was truly one-of-a-kind and loved nothing more than having a young rider to teach and take care of. In her 26-plus years she stole the hearts of several young riders that trusted her completely and Shane was her final little person.
I wasn’t sure he’d want to continue to ride after losing Frosty until — by chance and circumstance — we met Patches. When I looked into her soft, brown, intelligent eyes she looked back at me and nodded and then dropped her head and nuzzled Shane. I swear at that moment I felt Frosty was there with us and had personally found Patches to take care of Shane.
Shane is back to being the confident little rider that Frosty taught him to be. He and Patches are off to a great start together and I think they will be a quite the team for many years to come with Frosty watching over them.
See what I mean? It was worth posting, right?
(The photo with this post was Shane riding Frosty last summer.)