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Shar­ing your pas­sion for horses with the peo­ple close to you can be messy and com­pli­cated. But don’t let that stop you.

EQUUS - - Equus - By El­iza McGraw

Take a friend to the barn

Isn't it al­ways lit­tle bit of a wild card when a friend says she wants to come to the barn with you? I don’t mean the friend with the horse-be­sot­ted niece-that’s easy. To a horse-crazy child, you rep­re­sent the dream. Even if the day is hot and full of flies, the child will have a won­der­ful time go­ing on a lead-line walk and feed­ing your horse treats. The spon­sor­ing will swell with pride at her bril­liance for think­ing of this ad­ven­ture, and ev­ery­one will bask inthe warm light of wish ful­fill­ment.

But when an adult asks to g with you, it's dif­fer­ent. First you won­der

some­one else’s eyes, and I just can’t do it. Ev­ery­thing is too fa­mil­iar and dear, trac­tor to tack room to jump stan­dards. So I just have to wait for the ques­tions and commentary: What’s this one’s name? What do you call the horse that looks like a spot­ted cow? So that’s what a real hayloft looks like!

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