For the first time in my horse owning life, I have my horse in my own backyard!! Sissy is home. I've never been so happy. In this blog post, I'm sharing a video of the BIG DAY when I brought my biggest fur baby home. Can you hear my spurs jingling?
Since I bought Sissy 13 years ago, we have been on quite a journey together from Michigan, to Texas, and to Arizona which is now our forever home. I am so grateful to be able to look out my window and see my girl in my backyard. The inspiration for my horse books comes from time spent at the barn and now that barn is at home.
Our horse property is nestled between mountain ranges. I am so blessed that I can take Sissy across the street and trail ride in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The scenery is so breathtaking in Arizona that I’m inspired every single time I saddle up or take a walk.
Watch Sissy's Homecoming Video
Im Gonna Kiss You (Barn name = Sissy) is my adult horse, and the one I always dreamed of owning. She is a registered Paint mare. I bought Sissy in Michigan and she moved with me from there to Texas. Now, we’ve found our way west to Arizona where I ride her against a backdrop of mountains and experience the most breathtaking sunsets I’ve ever seen. I am one lucky cowgirl.
Sissy is the inspiration behind my In the Reins horse book series. She's taught me that good horse(wo)manship is a journey, not a destination. Sissy keeps me on my toes and perpetually teaches me something new, even after all of these years.
I became Sissy’s owner when she was a three-year old and did a lot of her training myself (with the help of a good coach and a lot of horse training books), so the lessons learned through those experiences helped bring Faith’s training to life in my books.
Sissy and I share a very close bond much like my leading lady, Devon Brooke, and her horse, Faith, do. Sissy is a lot like Faith because she is forever forgiving of my equestrian mishaps and loves me unconditionally.
I think my history with horses is a reason why other horse lovers have been drawn to my book series. I know what it feels like to enter a show pen and be nervous. I know what it feels like to be stuck with my horse’s training. I know what it feels like to swoon over a cute cowboy. Ha!
I hope that sort of authenticity comes through in my writing. I’m a horse owner. I’ve shown competitively most of my life. I write about my lifestyle, not something I’ve researched, but what I do. From a rocking horse, to a stick horse, to a Palomino-Quarter Horse, to a Paint Horse — the saddle has always felt like home.
Horses give me peace. There is nothing more peaceful to me than the quiet bond between a woman and her horse. I am happiest when I am with Sissy. She is finally home and I can take care of her in all the ways I've wanted to.
I may have been lucky enough to have horses for most of my life, but I've always boarded my horse. Do you have any advice on having a horse at home for the first time? I'd love to hear about your adventures in horse ownership in the comments below!
About Author Carly Kade
Carly Kade is an award-winning equestrian author and the host of the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle! She writes fiction about horses, horse shows, Western pleasure and a handsome cowboy or two. Her books are for people just like her — crazy about reading, horses and cute cowboys!
In the Reins, the first in Carly's series of novels inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, has been an Amazon best seller for more than 10 weeks, is an EQUUS Film Festival Literary Award Winner for Best Western Fiction and has earned two Feathered Quill Book Awards in the Romance and Adult Book featuring Animals categories. The In the Reins equestrian romance series is available now in Audiobook, Paperback and eBook on Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks and Kobo.
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Books by Carly Kade
Carly Kade writes for anyone who loves horses, handsome cowboys and a great romance. Creative writing about horses makes her spurs jingle!