Once in a lifetime-horse. You know the saying, right? 'The' horse. That special one that you'll always remember because he or she has given you the experience or memory of a lifetime. Maybe it was your first pony, or your schoolmaster flying you into that next competition level while teaching you how to touch all the right buttons. Maybe it's that asshole that bucked you off more times that you could count, but helped you win that first championship title you worked so hard for. Or maybe it's just that one horse that taught you the most important lesson in your life... And even if I didn't realise it until much later, that's how it was for me when I met Dorée.
For years, I wanted to work with horses, but it's hard earning decent money as a stable worker, groom or rider for the young horses. Aside from that, the work is hard, the hours harsh and the pay is horrible. Despite all those negatives, I've done it all – loved it, hated it, quit the job, started again – then moved onto something else.
They say every journey starts with a single step. My journey towards this point started in 2015 and I've definitely come a long way since then. Looking back on the last 11 months of 2017, there have been some major changes in my life. Again. I've come to realise that I actually want people to know about the road I've been following so far, to read about the things I've been through, the experiences that have helped me to grow into the person I have become. Because I am proud of the things I've accomplished - and excited about the plans I have for the future - but it's been anything but easy. But such is life.