I Need Horses To Keep Me Straight

4 Jan
Timmy and his beloved Brutus, who he insists his name should be Big and Bad.

Timmy and his beloved Brutus, who he insists his name should be Big and Bad.

Timmy is sixteen, but his beautiful quirky mind is perpetually six years old. He loves turtles, play guns, and the toy department in the Dollar store that we frequent for cat food and kitty litter.

I met Timmy three years ago when his mother was seeking equine therapy. His disarming smile, persistent spirit, and love of horses captivated my heart. He has held it in his hand ever since.

Timmy was “hired” at my farm at $20 a week to help side walk, clean stalls, and assist instructors. He takes his job very seriously, but he takes time in his day to play. Frequently you can find him “packing” a play gun with holster and “shooting” other helpers at the farm.

A week ago he brought his brand new Christmas gun to my house. He brandished it like a true cowboy would complete with a holster, hat, and a serious grin. He decided to take it with him to unload the hay. It kept getting in the way so he hid it in the feed shack.

Unfortunately, he left that day packing loose hay and not his beloved gun. A week of terrible weather complete with single digit temperatures and a snow storm kept the farm closed. This was a serious problem for Timmy. His gun was missing and he was missing the horses. This combination left his mother no choice but to trek over here to get the coveted “weapon.”

“I had to come Jill. He is out of his head and terribly upset about this gun,” his mother had driven on ice covered roads and a wind driven snow covered winding driveway to the farm. She had literally jeopardized her safety to retrieve this prize. She knew that her boy, Timmy, needed it like air.

We had to search in the rafters, but I located it. She smiled and took the dangerous ride home to a son that loves simple pleasures.

Once she got home, she texted me this-
“I have horses to keep me straight, but I am not working this week, so I am losing my mind!” Timmy told her.

How about you? Do you need horses to keep you straight?

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7 Responses to “I Need Horses To Keep Me Straight”

  1. aspireequestrian January 4, 2014 at 7:12 PM #

    100 % yes!

  2. firnhyde January 5, 2014 at 1:57 AM #

    Yep… it looks like it 😀

  3. RO January 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM #

    What an amazing story! I too need horses to keep me straight. They have the ability to keep you ‘in the now’ and I really need that sometimes. Just to be able to take care of such a mighty and beautiful animal makes every day worth while!

    • anythingforhorseandrider January 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM #

      Thanks for your comment!

      You are right- it is a privilege to take care of them. They are so majestic and wonderful.

      We are experiencing single digit highs during the day, and I must admit I am not fond of leaving my cozy house for the cold, but once I get out there, I forget everything. They warn that six minutes outside could lead to frost bite- not when you are taking care of these precious horses, hours are minutes and time worth spending.

      I hope that you can get a chance to check out my contest on Anything for Horse and Rider Facebook page. You could win $100 and it is just to write down your riding goals. If not, just check out http://www.anythingforhorseandrider.com, it is a one stop shop for the equestrian and it supports the equine therapy program at my farm- Raise Your Dreams Farm.

      Timmy was four years old and could not walk or talk. His mother desperate for something to help her son, because the traditional therapies were not helping, she came across equine therapy. Timmy is now 16 years old and he tells me that he could not walk until “the horse got his legs under him.” By the way he first started talking on a horse too, and he has never stopped. Today he rides Brutus (he calls him Big and Bad), a beautiful Friesian Cross. He walks, trots, canters, and even jumps. He calls his buddy Big and Bad because that’s how he feels when he is on this majestic horse.

      Sorry for being so long winded, but I feel so blessed to do something that is rewarding!

      Spread the word- http://www.anythingforhorseandrider.com- helps support our program by posting a horse related business, tack, clothing, horses, ponies, etc. on this site.

      Enjoy your rides and hope that you stop in to read more of my stories about so many special people and horses that have come into my life at this farm that raises dreams!

      Fondly, Jill Mansor, owner of http://www.anythingforhorseandrider.com and Raise Your Dreams Farm

      With GOD all things are possible! *Check out Jill’s Blog on http://www.anythingforhorseandrider.com *www.facebook/anythingforhorseander.com 20% DISCOUNT for all ads!

      • RO January 8, 2014 at 3:49 AM #

        Lovely! 🙂

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