Monday, October 18, 2010

Saturday I took my daughter to see the Disney movie Secretariat.  If you have visited my blog in the past you may already know that I used to be big into horses.  I started riding when my Dad surprised me with riding lessons for my 11th birthday.  I was instantly hooked and spent the better part of my next 25 years in a barn. After the birth of my second child and juggling  being mom, wife, and business owner, something had to give - and it was the horses.  I made  my peace with it, and saved the most meaningful remnants of my riding days. I still have my saddle, my favorite bridle, some old horse show ribbons and all of my horse books.

The movie was wonderful and full of emotional moments for me.  Witnessing the birth of a foal is a life-changing experience.  Somehow they are so fragile and so strong at the same time - standing on long wobbly legs just hours after being born.

Young Secretariat

I found myself being nervous and excited before every racing scene, even though I already  knew the outcome.  The race scenes were a mix of emotions - both happy (for the appreciation and gratitude I felt for the years I got to spend bonding and caring for these incredible animals) and sad (I miss it).

Secretariat may not be movie of the year, but you'll the theater feeling good - and inspired! My only regret is that I forgot to bring tissue!

Hope your week is dreamy!

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jeanette from everton terrace said...

Dogs and horses are my favorite creatures. How lucky you are to have had horses in your life for so long. I'm sure they will come back in someday. Thought about seeing that movie yesterday!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

What a touching post! I am for sure going to see this and already predicted the need for tissue...I am a crybaby!

I think it is so awesome that you were a part of that life for so's never too late to start again :)

Have a great week!

Lou Cinda

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

I want to see that movie...thanks for the good review!

Happy Monday!
xo Jade

Karen said...

I see I'm not the only one who gets carried away into the plot of a movie. This sounds like a good one.

A Room For Everyone said...

I cannot wait to see this movie! We have to wait until February here in Australia, can you believe it?! I spent some time with horses when I was young too and it changes you forever, they are the most noble creatures.. I loved Seabiscuit too, I've just ordered it on blu ray so I can watch it again! Rachaelxx

ALR said...

I look forward to seeing this movie. I am a huge Diane Lane fan and I love that she is acting in this movie.

Amy R.

Leah said...

I grew up with horses so I am loving this post!!! Can't wait to see the movie!


A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Oh, I get so emotional with movies about animals too!! What wonderful memories you have to share with your daughter! Take care, Caroline

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

From a past barn girl to was a great movie. I did a post on Monday too! xx

Dovecote Decor said...

What? Are you out of your mind. It is the movie of the year. You made the point perfectly, we all knew the outcome, but the story of Penny Tweedy was the most inspirational story, in a time, where her behavior was considered, dangerous to marriage and family. Watching the transition from, nobody gets her, to pure admiration and the message of tenacity, is the message of truth. Legendary courage, combined with insanity, guts and intuition,makes this the movie of the year.

Unknown said...

What is it about horse movies that always make us cry?? XX!

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

I can't wait to see it!

I'm teary eyed for you, how special the memories you have :)

Lovely post, I feel your passion!



Val said...

I love horse movies.

Kathysue said...

Sounds like a good movie to take my granddaughter to see, thanks for the heads-up!