Opinion: The Joys of Owning a Horse

A horse can be a great family pet. In fact, I have two, Tweet and Kendall, and they are wonderful horses.

Horses may seem to be scary because they are so big but once you get used to their size they are just gentle giants. Riding horses is a huge confidence builder because you are learning to control these huge creatures.

When I'm riding my horse I couldn't be happier. It is my favorite free time activity. My horse is my best friend. He follows me around like a dog, and I know he will never try to hurt me on purpose.

We don't always agree on everything but it's my job to train him to trust me that I won't ever do anything to hurt him either.

Even though horses are a lot of work, it is time well spent. When you're brushing your horse to keep them clean your bonding with your horse and they will trust you more.

Cleaning stalls may sound disgusting but you get used to it. In fact when I first got my horse I didn't like the idea at all, but now I would rather do that than going to the mall..

Owning a horse is a lot of fun and forces you to learn a lot about animals. Not only do you teach the horses but the horses teach you. I know that might sound weird thinking that a horse can teach you anything, but trust me they can. They have taught me to be confident in the person I am and to never give up.

I have learned many life lessons from horses that I will never forget, and it will help me out in the future. I don't know what I would do without my horses in my life. They are my best friends, and I wouldn't be the person I am today without them.

The opinions of the stated author does not constitute an official position of the Lampeter-Strasburg School District or of the LS News editorial board.

--By Leah Denlinger, LS News reporter

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