Sol­stice to sol­stice

With the help of my beau­ti­ful mare, I’ve learned how im­por­tant it is to be in the right place at the right time.

EQUUS - - Eq True Tale - By Jacqueline Kolosov

Af­ter more than 13 hours on the road, the trailer car­ry­ing Marah, my halfAn­dalu­sian mare, from Hous­ton to Lub­bock, Texas, ar­rived at close to mid­night on June 21, 2013, the sum­mer sol­stice. Her ar­rival on this day felt like a sign, for it was on the sol­stice ex­actly seven years ear­lier that I knew defini­tively that I was preg­nant with my daugh­ter, So­phie. That con­nec­tion might seem like a stretch at best, but it’s im­por­tant to me: I had come to horses and to rid­ing only af­ter I had a mis­car­riage the pre­vi­ous Au­gust.

Be­fore all this, back when I still thought I would have a sec­ond child, So­phie rode a horse for the first time. It was a sunny July af­ter­noon in Lon­don’s Hyde Park when we found the stable tucked into a quiet cob­ble­stone street, a re­mark­ably well­p­re­served win­dow into a much

PATHFINDER: ear­lier time when horses, and not cars and buses, filled the streets. The ride cost an ex­or­bi­tant amount, and ini­tially I re­sisted, de­spite So­phie’s tear­ful pleas. Then we found our­selves on a street cor­ner at the edge of the park, and an el­derly, sportily dressed woman turned around and said, “Why is your daugh­ter cry­ing?”

“Be­cause she wants to ride a horse through the park,” I replied, ex­pect­ing the woman to side with me. Many friends, not to men­tion my own mother, said I in­dulged So­phie too much.

“Oh, you must let her,” the old woman said. “And tell them that Lilo Blum sent you.” “Lilo Blum?” I asked, study­ing her. “That’s right. I used to run the sta­bles back in the day,” she said.

And so, out­fit­ted in a vel­veteen rid­ing hel­met and rental boots, So­phie climbed into the sad­dle of a Palomino horse named But­ton who walked calmly into the park,

The au­thor de­scribes tak­ing care of Marah as one of “the most chal­leng­ing and pos­si­bly most re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of my life.”

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