I was just 25 years old when this beautiful quarter-horse mare came into my life. She was only two years old with 60 days of training on her. I had no idea we were starting a journey that would last for over half my life.
Maggie Sue is the first horse I ever got to call my own. Before her, I had leased horses, which was great when I was in high school and couldn’t commit to a horse through college.
I remember crying as we pulled away from the farm where she was born on our way to her new home near me. She was a lifelong dream realized.
With the help of great instructors, I trained her in Western Pleasure and went to a few local shows. We did well, but showing was never my passion. I just love to ride and be with my horses.
At 30, Maggie Sue is in great health! My dear friend Anya takes her on short, easy trail rides once or twice a week through the summer, which they both enjoy immensely. It makes my heart happy to have someone else love on her and give her extra attention, as Fritzie and Maisy both demand a lot of my time.
I’m a realist, and with her age, I know our days together are numbered, so I’m taking time to cherish her more than ever. Horses live longer now with the great veterinary care available to us, so I’m hoping for even more time with her, but right now, every day feels like a gift.
She’s always been a foodie, so her birthday celebration will consist of peppermints and apples.
Here are photos from our life together…