Upon leaving the eternally drenched and soggy muskegs of Southeast Alaska, and finally ending up in the delightfully arid Central Oregon, I began to dream of getting a horse again. Dreaming turned into earnest prayer when my husband approved the idea!
My horse experience was 20 years in the past, so I was intimidated and wary, to say the least. I was referred to 3Sisters Equine Refuge when I responded to an internet ad for a horse I wanted to meet; though he was no longer available, the women at the rescue introduced me to several equines, and one seemed to be a good fit for me. I wanted a large, gentle horse who would be patient (and forgiving)with me as I attempted to reactivate and experiment anew in the realm of horsemanship.
After about five visits of working with and riding the 13-year-old TB mare Gia, I decided to bring her home and see if we could form a bond and learn to communicate. Though nervous, learning that her name was Italian for “God’s gracious gift” encouraged my heart. Perhaps she truly was an answer to prayer, rather than just too good to be true! Gia seemed sweet and willing, but I knew we had a long process ahead of us to become able to truly work together. This is a process we are still undergoing after nearly 11 months, and what a thoroughly rewarding and beautiful experience it has been! She is such a doll & so good to me that I could not possibly be more thankful to God, my hubby, and 3Sisters. I truly cherish every moment that I’m given to breathe in her sweet, horsey wonderfulness!