Kate Lassiter shares the story of her horse, Deuce.
Each week we feature reader-submitted stories about horses that have gotten them “back on track” after a rough patch.
About a year ago I leased my first horse, a paint appendix named Tango. Having her was a dream come true for me, and I fell completely in love with her. Tango was the sweetest, most forgiving horse I have ever known. Unfortunately, her owner had leased her to me without telling me that she was pregnant. In the months following my discovery of this fact, I fought tooth and nail to keep her, only for her to be taken long before her time, along with her unborn foal, by a brain tumor.
Around this same time, I “lost” a horse named TJ. I volunteer with a local rescue, and TJ was a long-term resident who had come from the track and had been my baby for several years. TJ found his forever home, and while I am so happy for him and his new mommy, it was very hard for me to say goodbye.
All of this was compounded by the fact that I have been suffering from severe depression for several years. I was only recently diagnosed, and I am now getting help, but at the time I was in a very dark place. The horses were all that was left that could make me happy.
While I still miss my sweet Tango and my crabby-pants TJ, things have gotten better for me. I am in therapy and starting to recover from my depression, but my “horsey therapist” is Deuce. Deuce is a TB/Percheron cross eventer who I started leasing under the guidance of a new trainer a few months ago. He is affectionate, a big goofball, and never fails to make me smile. Knowing that I will get to ride in the evening is what gets me out of bed every morning. With my trainer’s help, I am hopeful that Deuce and I can begin showing this spring.
Deuce is a blessing to me. I love him, and I am so lucky that his owner and his trainer have allowed me to become a part of his life. I feel my best when I’m on his back, and he’s always there for a good snuggle when I need it. If it wasn’t for Deuce, I’m not sure where I would be right now. He gives me a purpose, a best friend, a partner and all the love I could ever need.
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