Horse at the Door

I’ve always loved horses. When I was 15 I decided to buy one. I didn’t tell my parents, because I knew they’d say no. But since I’d saved $700. by selling kool-aid throughout my childhood summers, I figured I had the right to spend it on whatever I wanted, and thought that if my dishwashing job at the local marina cafe would pay for the hay, they couldn’t say no. 

So one day I showed up at the door with a quarter horse named Heidi. 

I told my dad I would pay to maintain her, and he seemed impressed enough to spend the day building a fenced paddock in our back yard.  

So, I got my horse, and she taught me how to ride. I’d get up at 5am so that I could get out into the fields with her, while the dew was still crisp, and trot into its steamy mirage as the morning sun had its way. Those magical memories seem like a dream by now.  

Looking back, it was a risky thing to just go out and buy a horse without my parents’ consent. But maybe it was one of the things I did as a kid that gave me confidence; it was a dream I made come true. As adults maybe we could draw on that naive childood conviction more often, to reach for ideas, creations or things we’ve lost our ’spark’ for in the midst of responsibility.  

Have you ever taken a naive risk in order find a piece of your vision?


 

4 comments

  • Per. Denmark.

    Per. Denmark.

    Oh yes. when I was 13 years old, I told my parents that I didn't want to be confirmed, and would use the money they had saved, to a stereo system. When I got it, I chose to be confirmed anyway, just to get money to buy LPs for. Today I live only 5 minutes from a riding school, and I love to go there, and talk to the horses

    Oh yes. when I was 13 years old, I told my parents that I didn't want to be confirmed, and would use the money they had saved, to a stereo system. When I got it, I chose to be confirmed anyway, just to get money to buy LPs for. Today I live only 5 minutes from a riding school, and I love to go there, and talk to the horses

  • Laine Bennett

    Laine Bennett Sidney

    I got a boat instead.

    I got a boat instead.

  • Alan Walters

    Alan Walters South Wales

    Love your story! Great way to achieve your goal. I was never as enterprising as that. When I was about 7 there was a farm at the bottom of our garden. Ued to go round people's houses & collect potato & vegetable peelings. The farmer gave me 3p per bucket as he fed his pigs with them. Used to do same with pop bottles to get refunds from shop. My goal was always to own a boatyard on the Norfolk Broads. Never quite made it somehow. I upset my father when I was 15. I was mad about cars & a salesman turned up in a Porsche to give me a test Drive I'd arranged! I suppose the only constructive thing I did was to sell my electric train set to buy an electric guitar & amplifier. Haven't got guitar (Futurama II) but still have amp (WEM ER 15).

    Love your story! Great way to achieve your goal. I was never as enterprising as that. When I was about 7 there was a farm at the bottom of our garden. Ued to go round people's houses & collect potato & vegetable peelings. The farmer gave me 3p per bucket as he fed his pigs with them. Used to do same with pop bottles to get refunds from shop. My goal was always to own a boatyard on the Norfolk Broads. Never quite made it somehow. I upset my father when I was 15. I was mad about cars & a salesman turned up in a Porsche to give me a test Drive I'd arranged! I suppose the only constructive thing I did was to sell my electric train set to buy an electric guitar & amplifier. Haven't got guitar (Futurama II) but still have amp (WEM ER 15).

  • Allen Browning

    Allen Browning Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Sports were a big deal at my high school,, Lakewood High with its 3600 students. I wanted to join the football team my sophomore year, but they wouldn't have me, so I went out for track. In my senior year, I ran 4:13 in the mile and was one of the fastest high schoolers in the USA. Our football team was ranked 4th in its league that year, so I think I got into the right sport. It was life-changing to line up in every race my senior year with the fastest guys in the country, believing I could beat every one of them.

    Sports were a big deal at my high school,, Lakewood High with its 3600 students. I wanted to join the football team my sophomore year, but they wouldn't have me, so I went out for track. In my senior year, I ran 4:13 in the mile and was one of the fastest high schoolers in the USA. Our football team was ranked 4th in its league that year, so I think I got into the right sport. It was life-changing to line up in every race my senior year with the fastest guys in the country, believing I could beat every one of them.

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