Annie and I were both lucky enough to find each other when we were both young and green. It was not your typical, ideal pairing – a 12 and 3 year old new to the equestrian world come together – but it was meant to be. We had no trainer to correct our mistakes, so instead we learned from each other. No one was there to tell me I was being too “soft” with my mare or that I didn’t have her “respect”. Looking back now, I’m sure I would have received such comments from traditional riders and trainers. I was not dominant; I was not feared by my horse. All I knew/had was an incredible amount of love for my Annie, and that was all that mattered to me.