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A Time of Thanks

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Who in your horse-life are you most thankful for and why?

Family Member(s)
28%
202
Trainer/mentor
15%
104
Veterinarian
15%
107
Farrier
14%
99
Friends
18%
125
Other (please explain below)
10%
72

Total votes cast: 709

Comments & Write-in Answers

Husband, for supporting me through my efforts to raise horses.

12/1/2013 11:46:36 PM

My wife has always kept me going,

12/1/2013 4:05:14 PM

Dr. Eleanor Kellon for guiding me in saving more horse when he had critical Laminitis

12/1/2013 12:20:20 PM

all the people,and horses at the dog field trials in my very young life.

12/1/2013 10:41:15 AM

Couldn't do it without financial and emotional support of my family. We work as a team!

12/1/2013 8:58:34 AM

without my vet,farrier,and trainer our horses would not be as healthy as they are.

12/1/2013 6:50:55 AM

My husband, because he puts up with my horse addiction!!

12/1/2013 5:28:59 AM

My vet goes above and beyond when my horses need help.

11/30/2013 8:58:57 PM

Saved our mare 13 years ago with surgery for an impaction; she is now 26.

11/30/2013 7:56:43 PM

I have several horses with lameness issues. My carries and vet are invaluable to me!

11/30/2013 7:52:28 PM

my help, because i couldn't do it without him.

11/30/2013 1:04:04 PM

they are so dedicated and always make me feel like they care about my horses

11/30/2013 10:35:05 AM

My Polo Teacher Kimo has brought me closer to the horse and game.

11/30/2013 10:05:06 AM

My husband is right there to help no matter what.

11/30/2013 9:38:44 AM

support

11/30/2013 9:03:16 AM

hsband who works his butt off to earn the money it takes to continue taking in horses going to the k

11/30/2013 8:08:52 AM

equine dentist, equine chiropractic

11/30/2013 5:37:48 AM

My husband, because he has to put up with it all. He listens, and waits.

11/30/2013 5:03:10 AM

chiropractor

11/30/2013 2:25:44 AM

And all of my animals, including our 6 horses!

11/30/2013 12:43:05 AM

The Horses because without them there would be no horse life!

11/29/2013 11:09:13 PM

Equine community authors

11/29/2013 7:26:14 PM

She is always there when I need her!

11/29/2013 6:53:55 PM

because he is the best and he is very gentle with my horses even if they act up

11/29/2013 3:12:24 PM

he is the most genuine person i know in the horse world, always goes that extra mile

11/29/2013 1:13:49 PM

My husband without whom I wouldn't have been able to handle the loss of my horses over the past year

11/29/2013 12:38:36 PM

Their willingness to educate me to become a better horse caregiver

11/29/2013 11:52:18 AM

My Mom. She takes care of my two while I am at work.

11/29/2013 10:45:10 AM

my horses because they bring joy and happiness into my life everyday.

11/29/2013 9:54:43 AM

My horse

11/29/2013 7:28:41 AM

to God and Mother Nature for letting me live and be strong enough to care for and ride my hores

11/29/2013 7:22:53 AM

I'm thankful for horses.

11/29/2013 4:01:53 AM

Harry Whitney & Ronnie Moyer

11/29/2013 12:21:58 AM

My farrier keeps my TB's poor feet comfortable & sound. So very thankful for his expert care!

11/28/2013 11:22:36 PM

The horse, of course.

11/28/2013 10:36:19 PM

For opening the abscesses and taking super care of my horses whenever I call him.

11/28/2013 7:33:15 PM

Person who takes care of my horse where he boards

11/28/2013 7:09:39 PM

acted as my vet, coach, parent, support system, and did much more for me

11/28/2013 3:51:23 PM

Dr. Brady Bergin - the best vet and always there for us.

11/28/2013 3:10:22 PM

without family involved, having horses would have been impossible.

11/28/2013 1:33:44 PM

Over the last 55+ years I have had many horse-friends, many who've turned out to be great mentors!

11/28/2013 1:01:23 PM

Hands on and observing the horse very closely so you get to know there mechanic and use.

11/28/2013 12:25:59 PM

My daughter. She worked hard to rescue the mare I now have :).

11/28/2013 10:24:31 AM

The wonderful man who owns the barn where I field board two horsess

11/28/2013 8:22:08 AM

people I worked with and under, working in many different situations and figuring out what works

11/28/2013 6:32:44 AM

The woman who owns my barn. Cares for him as if he was her own!!!

11/28/2013 4:13:10 AM

My daughter started it all!

11/28/2013 12:11:47 AM

If it weren't for my wonderful husband, I wouldn't have my horse. Awesome trainer & boarding stable.

11/27/2013 11:54:29 PM

Actually my physical health, without which I could to care for for the animals in my care.

11/27/2013 10:54:38 PM

My horse... may he rest in peace. What a wonderful friend of 22 years.

11/27/2013 10:34:23 PM

my horse. keeps me balanced.

11/27/2013 9:58:50 PM

Professionals can come and go, but horsey friends are forever!

11/27/2013 9:54:32 PM

Job. Allows me to provide for a horse.

11/27/2013 9:22:28 PM

Without Family I couldn't do horses, and they don't complain or deny me the joy of horses!

11/27/2013 9:15:31 PM

My Husband does a great deal for our horses.

11/27/2013 9:00:21 PM

My husband, who does not ride, shows love by cleaning stalls and building fences for my 2 horses.

11/27/2013 8:02:12 PM

My husband took on my love of horses and became a devoted rider and now caretaker of them.

11/27/2013 7:52:11 PM

my animals, past and present, because they are the best I've ever known

11/27/2013 7:36:18 PM

Breeders.

11/27/2013 7:26:44 PM

My horse

11/27/2013 7:26:00 PM

MY HUSBAND AND SON WORK VERY HARD TO HELP ME WITH 5 HORSES AND LESSONS.

11/27/2013 7:17:07 PM

My friends who share my love of horses and concern for their welfare

11/27/2013 6:56:16 PM

enabling my mare with laminitis to walk with his expert care

11/27/2013 6:40:18 PM

My current Horse; he has been the best teacher and friend i have ever had the privilege to ride.

11/27/2013 6:31:04 PM

Dr. Lynde always has time to scratch my mare and explain to me.

11/27/2013 6:29:46 PM

6-year old daughter; she keeps the child's dream of all things horsey alive

11/27/2013 6:27:09 PM

my horses because they are my closest family

11/27/2013 6:23:59 PM

It takes a village to support our horses.

11/27/2013 6:04:55 PM

My late horse, Sovereign. He taught me how to just BE

11/27/2013 5:49:25 PM

I have a mare with laminitis without her farrier she wouldnt be doing as well as she is.

11/27/2013 5:43:20 PM

The two guys who feed and ckean twice a day

11/27/2013 5:27:00 PM

My trainer has given all the amazing oportunities for me to succeed and grow towards being an amazin

11/27/2013 5:06:06 PM

I couldn't run my horse rehabilitation and training business without www.emsvet.com

11/27/2013 4:13:32 PM

Non horse husband with allergies has taken of horses many times when I was injured or had surgery.

11/27/2013 3:43:44 PM

My daughter got me back into the horse world after being gone for 40 years.

11/27/2013 3:13:29 PM

Barn manager

11/27/2013 2:07:36 PM

I'm thankful to own 4 amazing equine bffs! They make me smile everyday...I hope I return the favor.

11/27/2013 1:26:09 PM

My horse. He is a once in a life time horse.

11/27/2013 12:50:39 PM

Daniel has been so helpful and knowledgable about caring for our horse family.

11/27/2013 12:21:03 PM

My trainer. She has shown me what a senior citizen can accomplish.

11/27/2013 12:05:29 PM

I'm thankful for my barn owner and the barn staff who take such good care of my horses.

11/27/2013 11:53:17 AM

My hay guy because works very hard to make sure my horses have hay every year!

11/27/2013 11:24:50 AM

My husband - who doesn't mind my "horse smell" and listens to all my stories.\

11/27/2013 11:18:04 AM

Family, for fostering a love for horses & responsibility for them, and spouse for continuing support

11/27/2013 11:16:23 AM

farrier/trainer. he's both and my horses and myself are thankful for him.

11/27/2013 11:13:54 AM

My mentors because they believed in and supported me when others did not.

11/27/2013 11:12:29 AM

For showing me how to train in a way that is less stressful for my horse and me!

11/27/2013 11:08:27 AM

I am so thankful for my friend, Karen, who introduced me to Parelli Natural Horsemanship.

11/27/2013 11:08:25 AM

My horse. Our partnership is the foundation for all the rest.

11/27/2013 11:05:32 AM

My mom! She bred my girl :)

11/27/2013 10:01:22 AM

The family that cares for my mare...bkd

11/27/2013 10:00:35 AM

My husband supports my horse life. My trainer without whose help, I doubt I would still be riding.

11/27/2013 9:46:19 AM

He is best in Texas Panhandle. Relied on for over 30 years! and a best friend too!!

11/27/2013 9:18:58 AM

My husband, who supports my passion. My trainer is a close second however!

11/27/2013 8:56:47 AM

No Foot No Horse! Have a great Vet! Both are essential

11/27/2013 8:29:08 AM

Friends & Veterinarian have always been their whether an emergency or not.

11/27/2013 8:08:49 AM

My horse, actually. He's the best thing that ever happened to me!

11/27/2013 7:53:49 AM

The horse itself - best teachers bar none

11/27/2013 7:46:22 AM

he is a freind, a horseman and goes above and beyond for the whole life of our animals.

11/27/2013 7:32:56 AM

Couldn't do it all without my better half - aka my husband!

11/27/2013 7:28:16 AM

All three were supportive when my horse developed laminaitis. It was caught as it was happening.

11/27/2013 7:17:10 AM

Wow, I have to include all, but especially my partner, who stacks hay and gives me encouragement!

11/27/2013 6:50:04 AM

I got my first horse at age 49. He has taught me so much, and opened my life to so much!!

11/27/2013 6:46:39 AM

My husband! Even though he's not a horse person, he gives me & the horses help whenever we need it!

11/27/2013 4:36:22 AM

For my husband for his endless support and deep understanding of my passion!

11/27/2013 2:42:20 AM

My horses

11/27/2013 2:15:50 AM

Pat Parelli showed me how to have a better relationship with my horses.

11/27/2013 12:36:44 AM

My 1st horse was an abused show horse. I got him when he was 3 yrs. old. If I had not met my trainer

11/27/2013 12:35:13 AM

Has pigeon fever now

11/27/2013 12:33:38 AM

My Horses!

11/27/2013 12:29:47 AM

I take really good care of my farrier and am thankful he is in my life

11/27/2013 12:24:19 AM

husband feeds and cleans! 4 horses

11/27/2013 12:09:51 AM

supporting me and my horses

11/26/2013 11:57:10 PM

My Great Aunt, she has taught me almost everything I know about horses, and keeps teaching me more.

11/26/2013 11:35:55 PM

My husband, daughter and son and I have over 20K AERC endurance miles. What a lifetime of treasures

11/26/2013 11:31:03 PM

Since my real kids have left the nest I now have my horse friends to keep me busy!

11/26/2013 11:06:10 PM

The trainer I had was a kind, compassionate and wonderful human being who truly cares for horses

11/26/2013 11:01:13 PM

I am thankful for my husband. He is not a horse person but has always been there to support me

11/26/2013 11:00:35 PM

We have such a great time on our rides. We help out each other when problems arise. Great friends.

11/26/2013 10:34:29 PM

My horses, of course!

11/26/2013 10:29:38 PM

Our horses are a family activity and we try to work together for the good of both horse and human.

11/26/2013 10:24:01 PM

My OTTB. 10 yrs. together he teaches me patience & brought many friends into my life.

11/26/2013 10:04:20 PM

Friends put me back on a horse after nerve damage nearly ended my riding for good. Best therapy.

11/26/2013 9:59:38 PM

The ladies I ride with.

11/26/2013 9:43:50 PM

Barn staff who take care of my mare when I am not there

11/26/2013 9:31:11 PM

my horses!

11/26/2013 9:30:23 PM

owner who gave me 3yrold Stdrdbred in '80-had him till 2011

11/26/2013 9:29:50 PM

The barn manager ... without her, I couldn't have my horse taken care of properly!

11/26/2013 9:28:46 PM

My horses are a family event. From 3 to 14 my kids are my biggest helpers!

11/26/2013 9:20:59 PM

i learned alot from my father,,who grew up with horses..

11/26/2013 9:13:38 PM

Wife and daughter

11/26/2013 9:04:17 PM

My trainor and his wife.

11/26/2013 8:59:55 PM

The horses that taught me so well as I grew up

11/26/2013 8:54:13 PM

owner of stable where I board my horse, she takes excellent care of my horse

11/26/2013 8:53:06 PM

If it weren't for my husband I wouldn't have my horse.

11/26/2013 8:49:01 PM

Without my husband's help (he's not into hoses though), owning horses would not be possible for me,

11/26/2013 8:41:55 PM

my husband, for supporting my addiction!

11/26/2013 8:35:57 PM

My husband who is not a rider

11/26/2013 8:31:17 PM

because they are taking care of "our" horses

11/26/2013 8:20:44 PM

acually it's the horses but that isn't one of the choices

11/26/2013 8:16:25 PM

My husband helps me everyday with our horses.

11/26/2013 7:59:12 PM

My family puts up with the enormous amount of time, energy and money I put into my horse hobby.

11/26/2013 7:58:49 PM

Equine friends are special, supportive, giving and fun. Not necessarily in that order.

11/26/2013 7:46:06 PM

My husband is also the farrier

11/26/2013 7:44:07 PM

my horse

11/26/2013 7:26:59 PM

To vet and farrier I need to add my husband who married me And my horses!

11/26/2013 7:26:57 PM

Amy horse!

11/26/2013 7:25:10 PM

My husband who is the most supportive man on the planet!

11/26/2013 7:05:12 PM

Without their love and support enables my horse life to flow..

11/26/2013 6:54:39 PM

Always caring and concerned. Kind to my horses too!

11/26/2013 6:40:56 PM

My boarding barn owner, she's fantastic!

11/26/2013 6:30:31 PM

It is because of my Father and Mothers hard work that I'm able to have a horse sanctuary today.

11/26/2013 6:30:10 PM

My husband. He has worked beside me and totally supported me in all my horse endeavors.

11/26/2013 6:26:53 PM

My Dad is so supportive and helps me whenever he can. He fenced in some of his land and built me a s

11/26/2013 6:12:39 PM

Horse

11/26/2013 6:08:26 PM

I thank God 1st then both my husband & my friend/trainer. Things had to come together perfectly...

11/26/2013 6:07:09 PM

My horse

11/26/2013 6:00:23 PM

Husband is very supportive of anything I do with my Mule!

11/26/2013 5:59:26 PM

My fiance -- for affording impacted secum colic surgery a few years ago on a beloved lesson horse.

11/26/2013 5:52:29 PM

My husband for paying the bills; my instructor for getting me over a 6 broken rib riding accident

11/26/2013 5:47:26 PM

Always supported me 100% - financially, physically and emotionally.

11/26/2013 5:38:54 PM

My horse for too many reasons to list here.

11/26/2013 5:35:25 PM

friends to ride with and get training advice from are invaluable.

11/26/2013 5:28:41 PM

My non-horsey husband for understanding my passion. :)

11/26/2013 5:22:29 PM

My spouse because he picks up the slack on the farm which allows me to go do horse stuff!

11/26/2013 5:16:00 PM

My parents - for making my childhood dreams come true and buying me my first horse.

11/26/2013 5:04:17 PM

My husband, my vet and my farrier. They all keep my horses health and happy!

11/26/2013 4:59:39 PM

My trainer has helped me gain my confidence after 2 bad falls.

11/26/2013 4:58:27 PM

The family member that has been supportive in riding, helping with maintenance and equine activities

11/26/2013 4:48:48 PM

Sue and Brook

11/26/2013 4:39:27 PM

I'm thankful my husband understands my horse habit and helps support it.

11/26/2013 4:37:22 PM

Are not horses family members?

11/26/2013 4:28:28 PM

She's open minded, listens and cares!

11/26/2013 4:20:27 PM

My farrier has been trimming and shoeing my horses for 30 years. Going to miss him when he retires!

11/26/2013 4:19:41 PM

My husband for all that he does to help.

11/26/2013 4:19:01 PM

Friends provide support, help, advice, opinion, care, concern and so much more.

11/26/2013 3:45:52 PM

he takes time to know my horses and helps keep them sound & healthy.

11/26/2013 3:20:52 PM

neighbour, they watch when I'm away

11/26/2013 2:53:20 PM

together as a team, my horses are happy and healthy with happy feet and bodies

11/26/2013 2:41:06 PM

my horse...for giving me a lifetime of pleasure= he is my soulmate and I am thankful to him everyday

11/26/2013 2:20:27 PM

I am blessed to have a husband who is a wonderful horseman.

11/26/2013 2:20:15 PM

My horses, beautiful and irreplaceable

11/26/2013 1:17:02 PM

My husband, who supports my horse habit even though it is expensive and time consuming.

11/26/2013 12:50:06 PM

They all make it happen!!

11/26/2013 11:53:28 AM

My horse. And my husband, who helped rekindle the horse passion

11/26/2013 11:44:08 AM

The horse that owns me -- she is a great friend and she never lies to me.

11/26/2013 11:40:34 AM

They are always there when I need them to help with my horses.

11/26/2013 11:32:39 AM

the unending support that my husband gives me

11/26/2013 10:44:37 AM

He has always been there for my horses and calls to check on them after treatment.

11/26/2013 10:39:10 AM

Without my vet, I'd have no horses.

11/26/2013 10:37:37 AM

My trainer gave me an education that I could have found nowhere else.

11/26/2013 10:11:58 AM

All contribute. Thankful for all of them.

11/26/2013 10:02:00 AM

No foot no horse

11/26/2013 9:56:08 AM

She's always "there" when I need her!

11/26/2013 9:39:38 AM

My horse, obviously.

11/26/2013 9:19:57 AM

My horse who has helped me to understand the only failure is not being who you are

11/26/2013 9:00:23 AM

My and my horse's team includes all of the above and is the best! I'm very blessed and thankful.

11/26/2013 8:33:32 AM

helps my horses maintain healthy hooves at all times

11/26/2013 7:36:32 AM

he is the best

11/26/2013 5:22:42 AM

My horses themselves - for all the pleasure and companionship they have given me ...

11/26/2013 3:00:56 AM

Wonderful Farrier and Veterinarian. Amazing friends who did ALL for my horse during my 3 yrs illness

11/26/2013 2:42:20 AM

They love and support me

11/26/2013 1:16:16 AM