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I wasn’t lucky enough to have been born on a ranch, or to a farm family, or an equine family – much less to a wealthy family. I grew up on the far outskirts of the Chicago suburbs. My dad worked long hours in a machine shop, and my mom was a stay-at-home, active-in-the-school-system mom. We had an acre in a subdivision that used to be a cornfield, surrounded by more cornfields, various farms, and other rural homes. It was a great place to grow up. My brother and I climbed the big oak tree in the yard, rode our bikes down country roads, and pretended the crop duster plane was the Red Baron, and tried shooting him down with our B.B. gun. But there wasn’t room in the yard or the budget for a horse. Not even a very small pony – and believe me, I tried! The only horses I owned were the ones lining my shelves and posters on my bedroom wall. Every year I picked a new Breyer variety from the toy department of the local hardware store.
Now I live in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona in the southwestern United States. My husband and I own, ironically, a one-acre horse property. What wasn’t enough to accommodate a horse in the rural midwest is plenty for a couple of horses in the city. Weird, I know, but I’m thankful for it.
After many years of wishing, hoping, and saving, I was finally able to get my first horse. It was an amazing experience, welcoming Chroicoragh and Siofra into our family. We grew with them, learned from each other, and watched 3 foals come to life in our backyard.
I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, and it was SO hard to say goodbye. But we are happy knowing that our horses (because they will always be “our” horses to us, no matter where they live) are in loving forever homes with wonderful families to care for and pamper them.
UPDATE: What are the horses doing now?
Chroicoragh has been sold to a wonderful, loving family and now resides in Tucson, Arizona. She is learning to ride & drive and has 3 kids to spoil her rotten. You can follow along with her progress here. Siofra has joined the herd at Harper’s Fiesta Farms in San Diego, California, here.
Arthur, Siofra’s first colt ended up in Pennsylvania last I heard and was renamed “The Heartbreaker.” (No comment, but: *eyeroll*) Keira is living off the grid in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula. Fina, renamed Athena, is with a wonderful family here in AZ who utilizes her in their therapy horse program for people with different abilities. Today she is as beautiful as her mama and can be seen making Unicorn appearances here.
After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Art Education, I taught 7th-12th grade art in a Native American community here in the valley. It was an amazing experience and I’m sure I learned as much, if not more than, the kids I taught. Now I’m back at home, developing a freelance and fine art career. Please view the portfolio at my website heidhorch.com, and look for prints and other products in my Redbubble shop. I plan to offer original art and fine art prints soon on Etsy.
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