Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010
decided, after a near fatal Brain Aneurysm, that, in fact, I am not
too old to own and ride a horse again. They are my passion.
Although, this time, as my last horse was not particularly kind, I
decided to pray and trust God to send me a horse. So, I started out
looking at breed books to find a kind horse with a good
temperament. I always loved a flashy horse, but thought, this time,
the disposition is of the utmost importance, which led me to the
Friesian/Draft Cross and Flying W Farms in Ohio. I fell in love
with the look of Flying W's horses and I knew that Friesian's have
kind, willing and sweet dispositions. So, I finally booked my flight
to Ohio to meet my horse. Of course I really didn't know who the
individual would be. I thought, well, I'll walk through the stalls
again, well I did, and there she was, peering out at me, all black
with a little white star and a hugely kind, loving eye. She looked
at me, as if to say "What about me?" Well, that was it! Robin
asked if I would like to see her and of course my answer was yes.
She was only a yearling! I had planned when I started my search to
buy a fully trained 7 or 8 year old. Well, she was definitely the
one and I have never looked back or been sorry. I've, even recently
had an opportunity to buy a full Friesian who I have ridden and like
very much, but cannot have two horses and cannot and will not give
brought her home and spent every day with her (I board her) to
establish a good bond. Well, we are more trusting of each other, I
found out, than any horse I've had. I moved her to a nicer stable
after about 7 months. The trainer was leading her and trying to get
her to enter the stable. She balked, so I got up by her and she
walked right in. The same happened when we got to her stall.
biggest part of my new relationship with my gorgeous Velvet, is the
emotional bond. You see, after having brain surgery for an
aneurysm that I am very fortunate to be alive from, I have to say
that the toughest part of the whole healing process was the
emotional part. I felt so very alone, because everyone around
me, not understanding at all, wouldn't trust me with staying home
alone, etc. etc. etc. It was as though I was inside my body
trying to get out and saying "Really, really, I am Jennie" "I
am still the same person I always was" "I am fine" "I am
not handicapped or thinking funny". They were like "Well, now
Jennie, it's ok etc. etc." They were very condescending and it
was so very very very lonely for me. I feel the only way I did
not become depressed as time went on, was first of all God, and then
Him leading me to my beautiful, priceless "Velvet Illusion".
She was an Illusion for some time, but she came when I was
physically able, but still in great need of her understanding.
And understand, I believe she did and does. She always trusts
me and believes me and has given me so much newfound strength in my
life. She does have a bit of a little sparkle in her eye of
mischief as she just turned 4 years old. She does seem to have
to test me as to where the lines are now that we are riding, but I
really wouldn't have it any other way, because she has spirit.
She is finding herself in testing her boundaries as I am finding
myself in my newfound love of life and of her. She is above
all, always kind and her sweet eye gives that away, even when she is
being an "adolescent"!
a God send for me and she has also taught me to live one day at a
time and the most important thing in this life is love and that, she
shows unconditionally. She loves everyone, she is so kind, but it
is a special bond that we alone share.
Jennie and Velvet
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009
Subject: FWF Baroness
Von Velvet Illusion
Fredericka, I was just looking at your web site and noticed that
you don't have any pictures of "Velvet Illusion". I still need to
try and get some better pictures, but I wanted to send you a few.
She is the love of my life and is doing beautifully. She has been
under saddle for about year now, and I am so enjoying riding her.
She is still quite green, but she is so agreeable. She is
definitely a looker!!! Everyone loves her and appropriately, calls
her a "Princess" and she knows she is. She is pretty special!! She
is only 4 years old now and is about 17 hands! She loves everyone
and gets quite a lot of attention. It is so funny to see my short
trainer endearingly call Velvet "Munchkin". I don't know if I'll
show her or just enjoy trail riding her, but we are teaching her
with dressage, so we'll see. She is usually quick to catch on.
Thank you so much Fredericka, as I previously told you, she is my
angel. She's gotten me through a lot, since my brain aneurysm. She
is all heart!! I don't know what I would do without her and I never
want to know.
have my permission to put her on your web site. I only hope I'll
have an opportunity to get some better pictures soon.