First there was an Angel

Before there was a prince…there was a princess. Well, an Angel, really. This is the first part of my fairytale, before I found my Prince.

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*Cue the flashback to 2005*

I had been riding for a few years when a friend of my mom told her about a 6 year old, bay Morgan mare she had for sale. Being the horse crazy kid I was, I wanted a pony, and I wanted one NOW! I don’t remember everything about trying her out except that I fell off. Yes, I fell off my first pony before she was even mine. But I loved her, and, thankfully, so did my mom. A few weeks later Smithfields’ Irish Angel was on her way to the barn I took lessons at for a one month trial lease. I didn’t need that whole month to fall in love. By the time those 30 days were over, Angel was mine.

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Well, ours since my mom had a lot of training to do with her before she was REEEAAALLY mine. Fast forward a few years and she was finally sane enough for my horse-crazy kid antics. Or maybe she wasn’t, but she had no choice. Once I began riding Angel more often and mom rode her less, my mom found a horse of her own, Blue. Then I could finally consider her mine.

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As far as showing goes, I skipped the walk-trot years and jumped right into the thick of it. Literally, jumped. My first show consisted of Angel spooking at just about everything in the ring. But I didn’t give up, and a few years later she was a pro. Something about he in the show ring screamed “LOOK AT ME!” And the judges always did. Between 4-H, High School Equestrian Teams, and Open shows, Angel and I were a tough team to beat. In our six years of showing together, she carried me to multiple ribbons, trophies, and titles.

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She really was my Angel. She was my best friend and my annoying little sister all at the same time, and I loved her for it. She took my flying through the fields when I needed to run away from something and was my mane to cry into when I needed to let go. I spent most of my middle and high school years going to the barn at the end of the day.

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Going to college was tough because it meant leaving my Angel at home. But I had no choice. I was growing too tall to show her anymore without looking like a giant and I couldn’t afford to board her at school. My last show with her was at the Big E during my sophomore year. She was an Angel per usual and proved to me that she deserved her show retirement. I still ride her whenever I go home to ride and it brings me back to when I was little running away in the fields. Even though my mom rides her more than I do now, she will forever be MY pony.

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