Judy Oldmeadow, Owner & Master Horsewoman, Samaria Creek Morgan Horses
Last month I spent the weekend with Janine, a psychologist, and her nine-year-old daughter Kaitlyn.*
I’d thought I was too tired to teach yet another horse-crazy girl.
But then I saw a longing in Kaitlyn’s face that I’d felt at her age.
And so I gave her what I would’ve loved to have had in my youth:
- An old horse to pretend was my own.
- An obstacle playground.
- Some boundary setting.
- Safety hints.
- Freedom to experiment and explore.
The old brood mare Kaitlyn played with had never been pampered before she came to me. Her delight was as great as the girl’s – as you can see in this photo album.
It made me cry.
Soon after arriving home, Janine wrote to me:
If I didn’t know how important our connection with horses was, I may have considered never returning to your wonderful farm!
Kaitlyn spent the entire trip home behaving like a devastated lovesick teenager. Life was never going to be the same without her one true love.
OMG Jude! She bawled for 2.5 hours. Anyone would’ve thought I was taking her back to a life of deprivation!
At two, Kaitlyn wanted to be a vet. Since age five, she has wanted to own a horse farm.
Now she imagines every detail will be ‘the same as Judy’s farm’.
She sits at my laptop watching the slide show of images over and over in a beautifully mesmerised state.
I’m working with her to hold her happy, exciting dream so it actually comes to pass.
Now you are in her heart as much as the horses, Jude. Her relationship with you is just as powerful.
You are a gift to us, Jude. I want you to know we’ll ‘repay’ you by giving our horses all our care, love, understanding and unconditional acceptance … while educating and fostering insights in others.
Take care of you, Jude.
And thank you.
How about that?!
I don’t feel so tired now …
* Real people, new names.