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18 20 Ans


With Jill Starr, Founder of Lifesavers Wild Hor speaks from the heart with


trueCOWBOYmagazine: Who is Jill Starr? Jill Starr: I am ever changing. I am not the same person I was twenty years ago nor the same person I was one year ago. I do, however, try to improve and evolve as a human being on this planet. I try to live a principled life. I’m constantly checking myself for fairness, compassion, and my own accountability for every issue that greets me. I’m an animal lover and empath. That’s the biggest part of me. That will never change. That’s who I am at the core.


tCm: Did you grow up with horses or lots of animals? JS: My earliest childhood memories were full of house pets, dogs of course, but also monkeys and snakes thanks to my Dad who loved all creatures. My entire family have always had pets and have been animal lovers. But I think I got the "extreme gene" in that area. When I was 12 years old and living in Texas my parents finally bought me a horse after years of pestering them. Cherokee was an old paint that had just recovered from strangles and was a rack of bones. But for $75 he became my first horse. We later moved from Texas to Michigan and I somehow acquired more horses. They were my life, my teenage sanity, my ground. But as life goes, we moved again. This time to the city where I could not have my horses or my chickens or my rabbits. So they all got sold and that’s when I went into a tailspin. I did not have a very happy or balanced life after that. For many years I did what a lot of kids did, and still do, I resorted to drugs and alcohol. I basically had a delinquent attitude and lifestyle. I ran away from home several times. I dropped out of school. I mean I was lost in my own heart and soul. But I managed to grow up and survive all the reckless behavior. Yet it wasn’t until I was able to have a horse again that I really found what was lost in me. China, my beautiful, black mare came to me about 26 years ago and changed my life for the better. She is responsible for the life I live now. China just passed away last year.


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