I grew up wanting a horse and finally, when I was in high school, my parents surprised me with a half Arab gelding whose official name was Al Faoud, meaning heart in Arabic, but whom we called Fez. The only photos (very, very pre-digital) of him are buried in a box upstairs. But some years later, among the horses my parents had at our summer cabin in Wyoming, was a white Missouri Fox Trotter mare named, again not her registered name, Sunday.
I always loved Arabian horses for their beauty and endurance. But I have to admit that after riding a Fox Trotter, a breed who, instead of a bouncy trot, have a fabulously smooth gait between a walk and a canter, I’m a convert. I rode Sunday every summer for many, many years and just last year, at the ancient horse age of over 30, she had to be put down. There will always be a hole in my heart for her and her willingness to outwalk or out run any horse around. She was my horse through and through and came immediately to mind when the theme of “One Love” was announced this week.