On a misty Monday a few weeks ago, we met Emily at a barn in Harlem, GA.
I am embarrassed to say that prior to this afternoon, my only experiences with horses were on a trail ride in Tanglewood Park at age 10. and a pretty extensive "My Little Pony" collection. Besides sitting in school and trying to determine which girls rode horses based on the unruliness of their pony tails, I never gave anything equine a second thought. Horses can be massive, and I was small. I was afraid to fall off of one, and lets not forget that they are outside (which I never really cared for, anyway).
Considering this the second time I have been close enough to touch one, I was intimidated when I first saw Emily next to her towering horse. Un-phased, Emily led him around with confidence. She spoke to him, not as a pet, but as a peer. I started to imagine their relationship, and the massive trust a girl must have in her horse. I imagined how exhilarating it must be to ride one, and how it might have made me different if I had been interested in that experience.
Mom and Dad, is it too late to ask for a pony?
All of that aside, we hope you enjoy these images of Emily! Unpretentious, effervescent, confident and kind; we would love to spend a sunny afternoon with her soon!