I have shared a couple of horse stories with you on our blog to date. Today I want to tell you about another wonderful equine companion of mine. His name was simply Dan and Dan was simply a one of a kind horse. Dan was my friend during my teen years when I needed equine companionship because human friends were perplexing to say the least. Dan was not my horse but he belonged to a nearby neighbor who was a distant relative too. It seems we were all kin to each other in Dark Corner if you looked back far enough in the genealogy tree!
At Dan’s domicile my cousin’s wife also kept her rather unruly Appaloosa horses. I say unruly because the young horses were known to run riders under trees, pull hitching posts from the supports and generally act unpredictable at any given time. So I often avoided the prospect of riding one the hellions in favor of Dan. Dan was a small pinto horse of indeterminate age that had the stamina of a racehorse. Dan was also a gentleman with very dependable manners and keen for any riding adventure. In fact, Dan never wanted to be left behind on our riding excursions! At times, I mustered up the courage or was talked into riding one of the Appaloosa gang. Once we left the barn we would soon find Dan trotting along beside us, riderless. Dan would jump the fence and run down the road or trail to be a part of the expedition. To him a rider was optional!
Dan was always game for riding the road, trails, jumping ditches, trotting through the creek or just having a speed run through an open field. I can still feel the thrill of hanging on to Dan’s mane and letting him run. Pure freedom and simple joy! Dan was not always the fastest horse in the barn, but his enthusiasm was infectious. He enjoyed company and loved nothing better than a Sunday afternoon ride through the woods. The photo above is an actual picture of Dan with another relative aboard. The photo is dated 1964 and it was a good ten years later when I started riding Dan. He was a riding companion to many of us through the years!
To wrap this blog up today I want to leave you with this thought. I talked about finding a Kate moment when I reminisced about falling in love with horses through Kate. Today, my message is to find a comfortable idea, thought or action and simply enjoy it. Life does not always have to be a fast paced adventure and sometimes a run through a familiar field is enough to keep us grounded. Go ahead, I am certain Dan would agree!