Willow – 2 winters ago. A purebred Polish Arabian mare. She was 34 in this pic. Pol-Arabs were developed for cavalry use ie: warfare. Many claim this makes them especially courageous — some say just oblivious. I think its a bit of both. Ive been owned by this Tyrannical Female for; then steer almost 36 yrs now — ever since she was 6 months old! GOD! THE WEALTH SHE HAS SUCKED OUT OF MY POCKETS! My poverty is ALL her fault. Ohhhwelll — I got to ride on her back — as long as I agreed to go wherever SHE wanted to go. That may be a bit of an exaggeration. But after 30 yrs in these mountains I (& she) found it far more fun to let her find a way up to one of our look-outs, then take control to steer us back home. Unfortunately, Im in the onset of Parkinsons & my legs have just given-out on me. I no longer have the strength to ride our mountain trails. But once a week she trots me around the ring & tries not to let me fall off. Thats about as much as she can handle anyway. We both seemed to hit old age at the same time & with a bang. But even so, about that time she proved herself to be a true CRAZY Pol-Arab. We live on an isolated 20 acre mtn ranch. Nearest neighbor – 1/2 mile away. At that time, we were still blessed to have been adopted (for about 14 yrs) by an amazing spirit that came to us out of the woods as a feral female Australian Shepard (best guess). She truly became our Protector-Spirit. Once & only once
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