“In My Opinion…” by Melanie Eberhardt
My mother tells a story about my “odd behavior” as a child. She actually has a lot of those stories but today I’ll share one of her favorites – the time I became a horse. I wanted a horse. My parents did not. In a bout of parental defiance (or tantrum, tomato/tomatoe) I became a horse. Mom claims for months I whinnied and crawl on my hands and knees. I think mom’s story is hyperbole. I do remember blanketing myself with a towel to nap under the dining room table. I do remember working on my trot and canter transitions around the coffee table. But come on, didn’t we all pretend to be a horse as kids? For some of us, we continue to do so as adults.
Meet Ayla Kirstine from Norway, she’s a grown up who runs around like a horse. When she was 4, she employed the same tact as I to get a dog. Years later, she realized she liked horses and wanted one. It worked for the dog so she began acting like a horse to get a horse.
Recently Ayla posted several videos on social media showcasing her “horsemanship” skills cantering and jumping like a horse. Impressive. My mare can’t jump that high (ok, she WON’T jump that high, but that’s another story). Ayla received a number of negative comments, Neigh-sayers if you will, but did not let the internet trolls harsh her parade. Instead of deleting her account, she posted a new video and in response she received thousands of supportive messages.