I love this picture of Princess. To me, this sums up courage perfectly. Not mine. Hers. Yes, I was the one standing in front of her asking her to jump up so I could take this shot. But she is the one who was left outside through the heat and bitter cold for the first two years of her life, neglected and starved. And even though her personality type is one that would rather 'take care of herself' because the first humans she knew surely did not take care of her, she is breaking free of these fears and trusting in us. Indeed, courage is faith in action.
In the fall of 2011, Mike and I moved to a small farm in Central Illinois where we immediately found ourselves rescuing horses. The rescue was not part of our original plan, but we felt the calling while doing a search for a pair of ponies we did plan on caring for on the farm. Since childhood, my entire extended family and I have been horse owners. Mike and I wanted to continue this tradition. Upon searching the internet for a pair of ponies, we were overwhelmed with the number of horses that needed a rescue and/or a home.