I’ve been reading a very uplifting post from 2015 about the kindness of strangers and being helped in unexpected ways, etc. So let’s share some new stories. When were you helped out, or when were you the kind stranger or friend with a helping hand? Or when have you offered or received support in large or small ways? How about some “pay it forward” stories?
I can think of many stories of my own. Here are only a few:
-When I was about 6 or 7 years old I was horse crazy but had absolutely no opportunity for contact with horses. My uncle arranged with a guy he knew who had horses to give my cousin and me pony rides one day. The guy, Larry, had a physical disability of some sort (MS, I think). He saddled his old gray Arabian mare – Lady was her name – and put my cousin and me one at a time on her. That saint of a mare walked steadily on her own around and around that indoor arena until Larry called her over, swapped us out, and sent her back to the rail. What a thrill to be riding “by myself”!!
-Fast forward 20 years. I have a saint of a TWH gelding and another cousin calls me to ask if he can bring his daughter (maybe 9 years old) out to see my horse. So, I saddled Doc and gave her pony rides in the pasture. Several years after that I did the same for a different cousin’s horse-crazy daughter on one of my off-track STBs.
-I took my Clydesdale to a fun show and as usual he drew a crowd around his stall. One middle aged woman (a total stranger) asked jokingly if she could ride him. Going along with her banter I said “Sure!” As she was laughing and shaking her head her daughter piped up and asked if she could take him in the egg & spoon class. She looked to be about 14 or so. I told her I ride him saddleseat and he’s got a huge trot, but it turned out she rode SS Morgans. She handled him quite well in the warm up ring and went on in the egg & spoon class. She dropped her egg a few strides into the trot, but I bet she enjoyed telling her friends about getting to ride an 18.2hh Clydesdale at that show.
-At another little fun show my friend and I were watching a youth western pleasure class. One young rider had a very well mannered, well turned out older mare. Mare had some old scars but was impeccably groomed, and she was a little stiff but certainly not lame. She never put a foot wrong, neck reined beautifully, and stood like a statue at the halt. She didn’t get a ribbon and the horse that won was ridden by an older girl with a flashier but ill-behaved horse who managed to not act like an ass in front of the judge a couple times. After the class my friend and I made a point of going up to the little girl and complimented her and her mare. She beamed with pride at that.
What warm fuzzy feel good stories do you have?