Editor's Postcard

New Beginnings

New Beginnings
Catherine Madera

The Journey of Friendship

by Catherine Madera

 

My 19-year-old son recently returned from a year away at a technical college. The last two months with him have been delightful. My husband and I often say things like, “He is such a pleasure to be around,” or “I am so proud of him.” Seeing him mature from that darling infant and little boy is amazing and rewarding. During the long (challenging) journey of raising a child every parent looks forward to the day when the relationship evolves into more friendship/support rather than boundary setting and discipline.

Photo credit Mark Madera

It’s a new year and some of you may be contemplating the decision to raise/breed a horse or buy one with some experience. While I’ve done both—and enjoyed both—a realistic picture of the long term commitment raising a colt requires tempers my enthusiasm to breed my stallion Eli for my own foal. Perhaps someday. Right now I am enjoying Eli in his maturity and the blessing of not having a green horse.

Raising horses is similar to raising children. In the beginning they cannot be expected to be friends, they need continual support and guidance. While leadership remains key, over time the relationship between a mature horse and its handler/rider should begin to be characterized more by friendship than correction. Hopefully we can eventually exclaim often, and with enthusiasm, “he/she is such a pleasure to be around.” While breeding/raising a foal is very rewarding, it is also expensive, time consuming, and frustrating. There has never been a better time to purchase a seasoned horse, one that is mature enough to give back friendship and stable companionship. This month, besides learning about a great event to further your education in all things equine—The Washington State Horse Expo—the magazine is chock-full of articles to help you choose a new best friend. Email me at editor@nwhorsesource.com.

Enjoy the ride!

 

Published January 2013 Issue

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Editor's Postcard
Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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