#MyRootsRunDeep: Heidi’s Story
Heidi Davis' roots run deep because without horses, she has no idea what she would be doing.
By Heidi Davis | April 16, 2016
The American Quarter Horse Youth Association
I’ve been riding since I was about 10. Now I am 16, and I can truly say #MyRootsRunDeep. My grandfather owned American Quarter Horses, and one summer, I was determined that my mission for the summer was to learn to ride. Shortly after, I wanted a horse of my very own.
It took some convincing, but soon I was the proud new owner of an American Quarter Horse. “Maggie,” as I called her, was my very first horse. Little did I know, I would only have seven short wonderful months with her. She ended up getting Potomac horse fever and passed away. For the next couple of months, I quit riding, but I loved the sport so much I came back. I joined 4-H and started looking for my show horse.
I ended up bringing home an old ranch horse named “Rusty.” My grandfather became my trainer and my biggest fan. At first, it was a fight to do everything with Rusty, but he got better. He ended up becoming a very good family and walk-jog show horse. I came to realize he needed someone with more experience, so my grandfather took him on as his show horse. After Rusty, I think I finally found the horse that I hope to have for a long time. She is a 5-year-old American Quarter Horse.
I have now owned “Lacey” for seven months, and things are going great. She is a fast learner, but more importantly, she wants to try for me. Without horses, I have no idea what I would be doing right now. They have helped me throughout the last year when my parents split up. Horses gave me the stability I needed to keep going.
Now with this coming show season, I hope to have Lacey all trained and ready to go. Looking back at my six years of riding, I have learned a lot from these horses. From Maggie, I learned that it was important to have good equitation. From Rusty, I learned to never let a horse get away with anything, or else he will try it again and again. From the short time I have had Lacey, she has taught me that as long as you have a bond with your horse, the possibilities are endless.