I was born with the horse-loving gene in Detroit. If a girl of eight could wish her own horse into existence, I did, when my family moved to Oklahoma. My kind, city-bred parents bought me Honey and pastured her on a friend's farm. Within the year we moved away to another city.
As a pre-teen, I dreamed of riding across the country on horseback. By 24, I traversed the Rockies and Midwest with my former husband Len. Our 7½-month trek revealed universal saddle fit problems that we remedied through the creation of patented saddles.
Our outlandish adventure resulted in a successful business.
Immersed in children, our company, and life, I drifted away from horses. I put
away my childhood things,
so to speak -
writing and riding.
I decided to reclaim my love of horses.
As I rode the long, narrow loop through Missouri and Kansas the summer of 2012, I returned to the riding that gave me joy as a little girl.