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Horsesmat er I


by angie campbell | for the horsetrader


f someone would have told me that Arabian horses could help people, I might have thought they were crazy. I mean, how can the labeled “hot headed” Arabian help people, right? Wrong! They totally can—and do. I have discovered Arabians bond with their owners on a deeper level than any other breeds I have encountered. I can say that because a lit le Arabian mare did just that for our 11-year-old daughter. We adopted our daughter at a young age from a


neglect/abuse social services situation. We maintained contact with two of her siblings (and still do), and even took in her younger brother who was born later on. However, due to a social services mistake, her younger brother returned back to the care of the department. Then, a week later, my mother died of breast cancer, and three months later my father died. My daughter was caught in a storm of grief and loss,


so much so that she was not able to fully comprehend it. How can you explain loss of this level to a child? Although Jenna, whom we aff ectionately call “JJ”,


knows she does not live with her other siblings, we do manage to maintain contact with two of her six siblings. She has never voiced the word adoption, but she knows that her situation is not normal. We have been blessed to maintain contact with her older brother and sister with the family that adopted them. However, even this con- tact did not help JJ when she became withdrawn, scared, unsure, and very reserved. Prior to the losses, JJ was a vivacious lit le girl, but soon retreated into herself. We discovered that JJ loved horses and pursued les-


sons for her. She worked very hard and displayed that she would do the work to care for the horse in addition to riding them. That is when we decided to purchase her a horse. We had some we looked at, but none really fi t JJ. Then,


I heard the words “purebred Arabian mare.” To be hon- est, from a past experience with an Arabian who was very hot, I was reluctant to even entertain this horse as an equine choice. However, the person selling her, Liz Lawrence, assured me that the mare was sweet, although she had been overlooked due to her petite size. We decided to see her—and it was a match! The petite lit le chestnut mare, Atalaaya, out of


Mostly Padron, was also looking for her “forever person.” Although she had proved successful in showing, people wanted bigger Arabians.


The bond between an 11-year-old girl and her petite Arab mare changed lives


Jenna Campbell and “At y”


People can see just how awesome this experience has been for us— sharing how much horsemanship is needed today, especially for our youth in this age of technology.


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