Happy Friday y’all! Today we have a special guest post by Pauline Creeden. Author, editor, book ninja, horse trainer–woman extraordinaire. Co-author of Armored Hearts, a steampunk fantasy, and coming this fall: Santuary, a prophetic, Apocalyptic zombie novel coming September 30th. Please welcome Pauline as she shares about a horse named Katie. And stay tuned for a flash giveaway this afternoon. I’ll be giving away 5 e-copies of Pauline Creeden’s 40 day horse devotional, Christian in Training.
Katie has always been the epitome of the perfect horse for me.
Unlike most horse trainers, I wasn’t born on the back of a horse, and my parents did very little to encourage my equine endeavors. I had to con my parents into allowing me to take riding lessons for one year when I was fourteen years old. And in that one year, I fell many times, and never told them that it happened, because I didn’t want them to make me quit.
Did you know that “horse crazy” should be labeled a psychiatric condition or addiction?
During that first year of lessons, I found myself riding the old, tried-and-true lesson horses—Maggie, Cheri, and Cons. But in one memorable lesson, I rode Katie. At the time she was only eight years old. She was spunky, sensitive, and we fit comfortably together. She was beautiful. But I only got to ride her once.
Katie became the standard that I measured all other horses by.
After that first year of riding that my parents paid for, I saved babysitting money, skipped lunch at school, and did extra chores so that I could continue to pay for at least one or two riding lessons per month. I found a few people who let me clean stalls in exchange for time in the saddle. But when I sat down with my daydreams, pencil, and paper, I drew pictures of Katie.
It’s funny how God works things together.
In college, I minored in equestrian studies, because at the time the major wasn’t available at Virginia Tech. The summer after my freshman year, my father allowed me to have my first job. (I had cousins who never went to college because they had jobs in high school, so my father had set this rule on me.) So where did I work? The same stable where Katie lived. And I started taking riding lessons there, getting to ride her again for the first time in four years.
And in the end…
Every summer and winter vacation that I spent at home from college, I had a job waiting for me at the stable. And when I finished college, the woman who owned the business decided to retire, handing the reins over to one of her most faithful and business minded employees—me. When my husband and I bought the business and all its assets, Katie finally became my horse. She was seventeen years old.
The average lifespan of a horse is 20 to 25 years. Katie passed away last year, the day after my birthday, at the age of 33. But before she died, she got to do the one thing I wished most for her; she taught my son how to ride and took him to his first horse show, too.
Now, as I remember Katie, I still think of her as perfect. The standard to measure all other horses by. Practically perfect in every way. I really miss the old girl.
In simple language, Pauline Creeden breaks down Biblical stories and applies them to real life in new ways. Her methods of teaching have brought new light to old scriptures. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.
She is the administrator for Spirit Filled Kindle and an administrator for Readers’ Realm. Her articles, reviews, and devotionals have been featured in RUBY FOR WOMEN Magazine, Devotionals for Bloggers, Faith Filled Family Magazine, and Christian Fiction Book Reviews.
One of Pauline’s short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group. She is currently editing and drafting several novels at various stages.
For a list of her complete works, check out her Amazon author profile page.
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Wasn’t that beautiful?
We are celebrating all things pets this month in honor of my heroine and her pet wolf. Do you have an awesome pet photo? Do you have the most pets? Do you have the strangest pet? Come join the fun!