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BOND SESSION: Patti & Jagger (Dancer Dressage – Loxahatchee, FL)

May 10, 2023

You know how people light up when they talk about their horse? Patti is one of those people.

When I met Patti and Jagger, I was greeted with a warm hug and a bright unflappable attitude – sunshine even on the sunniest of days. And I walked away from her session having felt I might have met the happiest and sweetest person on the earth. 

The whole car ride home I reflected why that might be and then I was dumbstruck when I realized it’s a simple ever present answer – one we often overlook: horses. 

Throughout Patti’s session I was reminded how horses can create positivity in us – how they bring happiness to our lives if we let the delight of being in their presence and creating a wordless relationship fill our every thought. If we let it consume us like it did when we were children collecting model horses, posters, books, and movies. If we recall the triumph of our first ride or the pride owning our first horse. 

We often forget to let the good in when the good comes with hard work, bills, and anxiety. We forget to let the joy take over our face and voice and thoughts. But horses remind us what it’s like to be purely happy. 

They remind us what hard work amounts to when we feel pride or freedom or contentment in the barn. They remind us thrills can be born from the every day – a ribbon earned, a foal anticipated, a quiet barn full of warm beloved horses. They remind us passion can be born alongside our first memories – how every decision intersected, crossed, and converged with the road that led to the barn. 

And when we are reminded of these things, consciously or subconsciously, we crack the door open and let in a little bit of joy that only horse crazy people understand. And we keep opening that door over and over and over again. 

At the core of who we are, horses make us happy. And that’s joy worth remembering.

What do you want to remember about you two, right now?

“Our partnership and the trust we have built in our nearly four years together. He really is the best part of most days.”

Zhezanne “Jagger” is an 8 year old Oldenburg gelding.

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