Standing at 16.1 hands and weighing in at about 1200 lbs., Amber is my personal trail horse, and…as I have said for many years, my equine soul mate. I acquired Amber when she was just a young thang, 7 months old. The only thing she could do was lead and she didn’t do that too well. She was big even at 7 months old so teaching her to be light on the lead rope was quite the task. Amber is now 10 years old and let’s just say, we know each other like an old married couple. I have learned as much from her as she has from me over the years, rest assured. Amber had one foal, he is still with us needless to say. You will meet him later. He is five now. When she was pregnant, two weeks before she was due, I had an epiphany. I came home from work and felt a strong urge to bathe Amber and prepare her for foal-birth. There were no outward signs…believe me I looked….and the milk was not flowing at that point. But, I just knew. I was very anxious and kept going out every hour on the hour up until about midnight. At that time I was so stressed I started crying. Amber gently nudged me into the corner of the stall and wrapped that big head around me…it felt like a hug, it felt like she was comforting me, telling me everything would be ok. I wiped my eyes and asked the question out loud…”Ok, so then what time should I return?” What I heard (in my head) was 5 a.m. So I finally went to bed after I set the clock. I made it to the barn at 5:05 a.m. the next day and Bo had just been born, was still in the sack. Should have set that clock for 4:55 a.m.! Anyway, there are so many stories about Amber I could write a book so I will just highlight some things you should know. She is a boss horse, a very kind one. She has always been given the job of raising up foals, once they are weaned from their dams, as we knew she would instill the right philosophy. She is a peace maker with other horses and when needed, we have used her in the herd for just that purpose. She has also helped other horses over come trust issues and herd issues. She is a very special horse but just like we humans, not perfect. She can be stubborn and when she has to learn new things, she sometimes gets upset. This is not a becoming behavior in the equine world. Most people expect complete willingness. It can take days for Amber to work through what ever it is that has distressed her. She lets me know with an attitude of simply not listening and doing only what she must until she has worked through it. Sort of her way of throwing a tantrum. Now, I expect it and give her the space and respect she needs to work through it. Amber and I are “one” in so many ways and still very much individuals in others. We still have a lot of growing to do. I can tell you though there is nothing as special as being told hello with a sweet nicker from my Amber. She knows I can’t resist those nickers and usually will continue until I walk over to pet her.