We find more joy from plunging our hands and noses into our horses' warm and furry hair coats than we do sporting a new pair of diamond earrings. Speaking personally I would much rather receive a new horse blanket, a nice smelling horse shampoo or a new piece of horse related tack than any other gift. This of course makes my husband’s shopping task much easier.
There is also something extremely magical about entering the barn as the horses are munching contently on their breakfast hay or of the smell of fresh pine shavings as they bed down for the night.
In my 25 plus years of teaching horsemanship techniques I am still excited to watch the improvement of balance, style and self-confidence techniques which have been enhanced by the communication between animal and human toward one positive goal. I have also noticed that a simple nuzzle or nicker from a friendly horse can act as a major stress release.
Truth be told -when people ask me why I spend so much time with the horses, no matter what the weather, I think of the quote "the specialness of the horse incites the specialness in us whenever we are with them."