Horse Greeting

Follow Me! – Chapter 2, I LOVE HORSES

She looked off, and continued, “… and one night I walked out here to check on them. It was dark and peaceful, and about half of them were lying down. As I stood there enjoying the quiet, the ones that were standing walked over to me, one by one, and blew into my hand. That was magical.”

Running Horse

As her aunt spoke, Hazel wished she could have been there, mostly to see horses resting at night. But she could see that her aunt really did like that memory. For herself, she thought that winning a blue ribbon would still be her favorite.

“Aunt Trudy, I love horses too, and I want to ride a horse. I want to be a riding star!”

Her aunt continued to look out toward the horses as she listened. Hazel could see her nod gently, but she seemed far away as she took Hazel’s statement in. “That sounds like a good goal, Hazel… I think.”

Finally, she looked back at her and asked, “What do you mean by ‘star’?”

“It means my horse and I would be the best. We’d win ribbons. It’d be easy, ‘cause we’d be friends. I’d get on and say, ‘Let’s go for a ride’. I’d hold onto its mane like this…” Hazel scrunched her hands into a joined fist in front of her. “I could steer it this way too.” She moved her scrunched hands a little either side, “and I could tell it things this way, and it would listen. We’d go everywhere together – maybe even to school…”

“Wow,” said her aunt. Then she asked, “What do you think you need to be able to do that?”

Hazel still held her hands together in front of herself. She answered quickly, speaking from the picture in her head, “a horse of course… maybe a saddle and a bridle”. She squeezed her hands together. They’d be key. As an afterthought, she added, “And my boots and hat!”

Her aunt still gazed out over the horses, but now Hazel could see the corners of her mouth had quirked up. “What?” Hazel asked, “What’s funny?”

“Well”, Aunt Trudy answered, “It just seems to me that you left out most of the important stuff”. Her aunt’s grin widened.

“What do ya mean?” asked Hazel.

Instead of answering her, Aunt Trudy said, “Let’s just say you’re all set to go. You have a horse beside you, all saddled and bridled. You even have your hat and boots on.” Her aunt paused and smiled again, then asked, “How are you going to ask the horse to do what you want it to do?”

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