Honour's Story :
Even as a child I was known for never doing things the easy way. I always wanted to achieve bigger and better things, and if someone told me I couldn’t do something, you best believe I’d do it no matter how hard it may have been.
This attitude stuck with me as I grew up, and if anything, I only got more determined to prove any naysayers wrong. This also applied to my greatest passion of horses of course. I grew up with horses, and I tended to do quite well in my lessons. This unfortunately lead to me being rather self assured when it came to my abilities. My competitive nature and desire to be the best at what I did only furthered this. That all came to a halt when I had a riding accident at 13 and broke my arm. Suddenly all that confidence I’d had was gone, and I started to really see how much room for improvement I had. At the time it seemed awful, but looking back I often tell people that the accident was one of the best things that ever happened to me, as without it I’d never be where I am now.
Thanks to a great deal of encouragement from my parents, who have always been my biggest supporters, I got back into riding. We got a pony who helped me to regain some confidence, and taught me how to ride with feel, thoughtfulness and with more for respect for the horse. With my confidence somewhat restored, and a new view on everything, I decided why not try training my own personal horse. We had our fair share of trial and error, but with her help I became more sure of myself, and branched out into more horse training.
At 17, with new experience under my belt I decided to try my biggest challenge yet, training a wild Mustang for a 100 day gentling competition. Mustangs are captured from the wild and held in holding pens across the U.S. until they are adopted. With so many in holding, Mustang gentling competitions are held to get more out and into new homes.I was unable to bring my 1yr old filly back to Canada due to adoption restrictions, so I stayed in Wisconsin for 3 months with a couple who was kind enough to offer me a room. It was my first time staying away from home for such a long period, but the experience was one of the best I’ve ever had and I quickly decided that I would be working with more Mustangs in the future.
I’ve always been a bit of an empath, so I found working with animals who were so in-tune with every little thing to be incredibly rewarding. I fell in love with the sort of dance that teaching the wild ones to trust involved. I also loved that working with them allowed me to start showing people what could be achieved through compassion, patience and understanding, rather than through force and intimidation. It’s also given me the chance to show people that a woman is more the capable of doing this, even with wild horses.
I truly feel that working with these Mustangs has made me a better person. Slowly my desire to be the best, started to shift into a desire to do what was best for them, regardless of what I achieved or won. I’m incredibly thankful to have the ability to work with these horses, and to be able to share how amazing they are with so many people now. I truly can’t believe how lucky I am to have found what is undoubtedly my calling in life at just 20yrs old. With the help of my incredible Mustangs I fully intend to keep proving anyone who doubts either myself, or the Mustangs, wrong.