hooked on horses

Outfit Details:

Forever Afternoon top – c/o ModCloth

handmade lady tie – c/o Flapper Girl (use code KEIKO for 15% off)

cut offs – Free People

“Get Rowdy” belt – gift from my sister

leather tote– c/o Joie

watch – Coach

bracelets – c/o Sorrelli, vintage, and JewelMint

ring – vintage

Jungle Chic glasses – c/o BonLook

Ever since I was a little girl, horses have been a huge part of my life. We got our first horse, Spanky – a mischievous Anglo Arab who was smart as a whip, when I was just four years old. My beloved Morgan-Welsh pony Shawn, my absolute heart, was a Christmas surprise at five. Rowdy (whose registered name was “Let’s Get Rowdy” – hence the belt) came shortly after: a massive Appendix with the most gentle disposition, you might mistake him for a teddy bear.

Our original three have since passed on, and I’m not sure I’ll ever love another horse as much as I loved them. I now have Romeo, and my family has Diablo and Coco. Though I love them all fiercely, there is a special bond that develops between a horse and their little girl – something that has a lot to do with growing up beside one another – that solid adulthood can’t replicate. There’s a sign at the ranch where I board Romeo; it sums it up perfectly:

“All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.”

But they were never our horses. We were their girls.

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