Some people just have a craving for horses. They know they are interested from the age of 5 and manage to persuade parents to get them lessons or sometimes even get them a horse. Some people are raised with horses and get the inclination from there. Then there are people like me who have to try it and find just the right circumstances.
If it wasn’t for my great mentors Bruce and Betty Reed I would be short 3 horses, have a much bigger bank account and tons of free time. I would probably have much cleaner clothes and a nicer car too. But, none of those things would have given me the joy, the pain, the elation, the disappointment, but most of all the fulfillment I have gotten from horses.
If you are interested in horses, a mentor is a good thing. Bruce and Betty Reed have helped many people along the way and I cannot think of more generous, kind and caring folks. To me, they are like family. I am proud to own two of their horses and to have them as my friends.
When my mom bought her first Paso Fino I was living at home. She had been away from horses during my entire childhood (her horse died right before I was born), so although horses were always of interest, I just never had been all that exposed.
My mom’s Paso Finos were 2 years old and very wild when she got them. They were not a good starting point for a novice (me) and since my mom had me watch (and hold one horse) while she worked, it just was never interesting, I needed hands on.
As time evolved I moved to
Betty loves music, Bruce loves horses, but they share their worlds with each other because that is what you do when you love someone. So Betty rides and Bruce is the Emcee for their performances. I love being around them.
A mentor is a wonderful thing and I hope I can just begin to touch people the way Bruce and Betty have touched me. Whether horses or harps, art or music, business or pleasure, all of us deserve to be mentored. And so, in return, we too should mentor, so find what you are good at and share it with the world.