Having country-hopped for 17 years, I was keen to return to Australia and give the children a sense of home before high school started. My English, (now ex) husband #1, was less keen and who can blame him. But the maternal instinct kicked in like a tidal wave and I rode that through the English High Court for 18 months.
During that time, a horse, that I'd never met, got me through. I saw her on the internet while still in the UK and told myself that if I ever managed to get home then I'd get a horse like this.
Finally, the courts granted us permission to leave and the children and I came home to Australia - a country the children had only visited in the past. It was by far the hardest thing I have ever done in my life and by far the best.
Surprisingly, that horse that I'd been looking at on the internet was still for sale, a 2-year-old (now 3) Australian Stock Horse (pictured) and I drove the 15 hours to Queensland to buy her. She'd got me through some pretty tough times, even before we met. Have you had a horse that has got you through a difficult time? Leave me a comment below and tell me about it.
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