When I was a little girl I was absolutely crazy over horses! Black Beauty was my favorite book with Bambi running a very close second. I read them over and over again. There were parts that I could recite by heart.
My school days and papers were filled with drawings of horses and deer. I kept folders of my art work classified by year.
As an early teen I would get on my bike and ride to neighboring towns looking for people who owned horses. If there were kids at the house I would ask if I could muck stalls, (scoop out the poop and replace the bedding) in exchange for riding. A couple of kids even said yes! That was great until they got tired of seeing me hang around and then they sent me on my way. If I found horses but no humans around I would sit on the fences and talk to the horses and feed them grass.
About a month ago an old school chum sent this photo to me through Facebook. She said she had found it in the bottom of an old box in the cellar.