Monday, August 30, 2010

Trials & Tribulations - One Student's Success Story

It's always nice to hear a feel good story. It brings a smile to our faces when we read it. It gives us encouragement to beat our own odds, and persevere in our hard work. It just warms the cockles of the heart.

I couldn't help but want to share this one about a student of mine and her trials and tribulations of fulfilling a dream come true. I love stories like this. 'Gosh! Good for her!', you will say after you read this.
Lynda is a retired grandmother who always wanted to have a nice well trained horse, learn to ride properly and trail ride. It was a long time goal of her and her husband Peter (who has since passed away 5 years ago). They were going to retire up this way, get horses and ride. Things just don't always work out the way you planned it - do they?
In the first photo, you can see Lynda (centre) being congratulated on her new horse purchase by Lesley & Audra as they share in the excitement. What a smile! Cheers to Lynda!

Lynda's brief experiences in riding where not pleasant to start with. With little & the wrong advice from her horse friends in the area, a few disasters on trail rides -once almost cracking her head open if it weren't for her helmet, left her feeling leery about riding. So years past with no riding. Still she was determined to make it happen somehow.
There was no one to learn from at the time and yet... in her own words: "I'm like a sponge, wanting to learn everything I can about horses and riding."
Last May, Lynda started coming to me for help. She is excited to do this... 'if it's the last thing I do' and before she believes she is too old to start riding. Lynda is 58 years old. She also looks after her elderly mother who needs Lynda's care so safety is a big issue for her too.
Here in the second photo you can see Lynda riding her new horse, Dun It's Working Girl or 'Cinnamon' in my arena. Cinnamon is a 19 yr. old retired reining horse who has extensive experience in trail riding. (Thanks Doug for the great horse.)

And as you can see in the third photo, Lynda is beeming! She is ecstatic and optimistic about her continued riding success.
Lynda has plans on taking more lessons, keeping her horse at my place and perhaps... who knows... she even has expressed an interest in working cows this winter!
I'm so proud of her!
'Gosh! Good for her!'
Brings a smile to your face.... doesn't it?
Have you got a great story to share... We'd love to hear it!
Putting my spin on success stories!
©KISS Reiners

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