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17 Things You Know if You Were ~That~ Horse Girl

Every elementary school had one — that one girl who was utterly and totally obsessed with horses. Looking back on it, it probably makes you cringe now, but at the time, you thought you were the coolest kid around. If you were her, you definitely did all of these things.

1) Spending hours in the car to and from the barn every week

Literally, when did we have time for homework? Totally worth it, though.

2) Wearing every type of horse jewelry you could find

 Charm bracelets? Horseshoe earrings? Chunky necklace? Anklet? All at once! So fetch!

3) Talking about your horse like they’re human

Yeah, I went to visit Freddie last night. You know, Freddie? The tall, handsome one? Black hair? Mohawk? Four hooves? That’s the one.

4) Talking to your horse like they’re human

Hooooooney! It’s time to come in for dinner! Don’t give me that attitude!

5) Pretending to be a horse

We all did it, no denying it.

6) Making your parents buy you every horse toy on the market

It didn’t matter what it was, if it had a horse, you had to have it.

7) And watching every horse movie on the market at least seven times

In the days before Netflix, we had stacks on stacks of horse DVDs. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, anyone? How about Hidalgo? Seabiscuit? Dreamer?

8) Having every Saddle Club thing you could

The marketing on those things were incredible. It wasn’t just books and a show — it went as far as playing cards with the characters. It did have young Chris Hemsworth though, so no one can say we had bad taste.

9) Literally never having any time or money to do anything but the barn

Sorry, I can’t go out, I need to shovel my horse’s poop. Yes, I do have to do that every day.

10) Spending every weekend at shows

Getting up at 4:00 AM is totally cool when you’re going to a show, but your horse always ripped out his braids.

11) But it’s okay because your horse is your best friend

Did you know that horses actually have proven benefits on mental wellness? Of course you did, your horse was your best friend, therapist, wellness trainer, drill sergeant, and practically your boyfriend through your most awkward years.

12) The answer to “what do you want to be when you grow up” was always something to do with horses

Teacher? Writer? Maybe if I get to do it from the saddle, am I right?

13) Having folders on folders of horse pictures on your Facebook

You just had to share them, and now it feels wrong to take them down. Besides, anyone who’s lurking that hard should probably know what they’re getting themselves into.

My actual Facebook (not taking it down — ever):

14) Getting made fun of for it

My first boyfriend even broke up with me for it. But it’s fine, your obsession just means that you actually cared about something, unlike the group of kids who were too cool for anything.

15) Having the strongest legs of anyone in your class

The soccer players had absolutely nothing on you. You run around? I ride bareback. Next.

16) Never really getting over your favourite horse being sold

It was worse than your best friend moving schools. You never give up looking for them and hoping that one day you might get them back.

17) Never really stopping

Even if you haven’t ridden in years, you still hold horses in your heart. You’ll always be a horse girl at heart!

Madeline McInnis

Wilfrid Laurier '19

Madeline graduated from the BA+MA program at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. In her undergraduate degree, she majored in Film Studies and History with a specialization in film theory. She later completed her Master's of English degree, where she wrote her thesis on the construction of historical memory and realism in war films. If you're looking for a recommendation for a fountain pen or dotted notebook, she should be your first line of contact.
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