I was ten years old when my destiny flashed before my eye in the form a bay horse in a movie called International Velvet. In the time it took to watch that movie I knew two things. I was going to ride horses and own a bay horse. It took me two more years of begging to get riding lessons. My parents at the time could not afford such luxuries but that meant little to me. My begging never stopped.  So my mother took money out of the food budget and I started to take lessons. I had one lesson a week and the rest of my riding time was earned as I worked at the stable. Barn rats we were called, the young girls that volunteered at the stable and for our efforts we got a horse to ride. I spent that next summer babysitting 3 days a week and working at the barn the rest of the days. I would come home dirty, tired and so very happy.  I was one of the lucky ones.

Now, thirty years later, and a few horses of my own, I am finally moving forward on a dream of my own. That dream has always been to share my love of horses with others. I wonder how many children would love to ride and will never get a chance or how many children don’t even know about all the wonders of horses. So, I pulled my horse loving friends together and I started an organization dedicated to sharing our love of horses with children. 

Kathi Meenan   
Wishes for Horses Founder



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