The first time I saw those beautiful eyes, I knew she’d be mine. Her name was Brave Passing and her stable name was Princess. She was all I ever wanted in a horse. She was a tall, lean, bay thoroughbred with a big heart and a kind eye. Over the weeks we had her, we bonded with her greatly. She had been a broodmare for a long time, so I had to go back to basics with her and started to teach her how to jump. Sometimes I would get fed up because I didn’t understand why she couldn’t do the things I wanted her to do, like bend in the corners. But no matter how fed up I got, she was patient and forgiving. I didn’t show it, but I was frustrated when I couldn’t get her to do certain things. But after a long talk with my mom and a lot of thinking, I realized while I’ve been teaching her how to jump, she taught me a much greater life lesson that I’ll never forget. She taught me patience and to take things in stride, to let things happen the way they were supposed to. I thanked her dearly for teaching me how to be patient and how to stop looking into the future and look at what I’ve got right in front of me.
But on May 15th, 2011, after I had a wonderful ride with two dear friends, she coliced. I thought she could walk it off with some painkillers but even so I stayed at the barn with her to the next day. By the next day it had gotten to the point that putting her down was the best answer. So I had to say goodbye to my best friend that night. I’ll never, ever forget her or the things she taught me in the five short months we had together. We never got to win ribbons at a show, never got to go on our first trail ride or have a bareback ride together. I know I’ll have that all one day with another horse but with my lovely mare in mind, as she’ll always be with me, through thick and thin. I’m still trying to figure out why it was her who had to leave that night but I’ll take what she taught me and wait and see what happens. I love you girl, I’ll never forget you!
In memory of Princess’ passing, Kaitlin is requesting donations to LongRun.