Wow. It is hard to believe Bannie and I have been together that long. It has been a long road...we didn't get along at all at first, but we persevered and are best buddies today. He still frustrates me...but if horses could talk he would probably tell you the same thing about me :)
This first photo is the first day we met. After a four hour drive, it was love at first sight. I knew this was the horse for me.
Bannie was a rescue horse. At 15 years old, he had seen much in his lifetime. Used as a western pleasure show horse, he had seen his fair share of life's cruelties. He had been starved, among who knows what else.
Our first meeting that day was memorable. I was nervous about riding such a big, intimidating horse, but once in the saddle, I knew we were made for each other.
A few photos of our first ride together: