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Dear Nonie

a horse faded and far away
Written by Andrea Parker

Dear Nonie,

Thank you for loaning me your girl. I know you would have wanted to be here with her. I think you two had a lot of things left to do together.

I am sorry I didn’t get to meet you. She speaks so fondly of you. Every now and again when we are riding, she will start to cry even though I am being a good boy.

Thank you for making her brave. Sometimes I get scared and try to get away from them, but she stays calm. Her calmness helps me to be braver.

Thank you for teaching her to be patient. She told me this is something that she learnt from you when you were learning the flying changes together. I try my best to do what she asks, but sometimes I get confused. I think she’s been working hard to ask me to do things in a way that makes sense to me.

Thank you for teaching her that dressage is a dance where two come together and guide each other. She knows it’s not an obedience test and that she is not my master but my partner.

Since you can’t be here to look after her anymore, I’ll do it for you.

Love from your friend,

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Andrea Parker

Andrea is an Adult Amateur dressage rider who competes at medium level on her 13-year-old mare Mon Ami. Andrea shares her journey through the equestrian world on her blog The Sand Arena Ballerina and is working on an equestrian podcast called Equestrian Pulse.