Running forever free on greener pastures
Florita was 32 when she left this earthly plane. She was my heart-horse and equine friend for almost 25 years.
Florita had a difficult start in life, being orphaned at only a couple of months old, raised by hunting guides and "broken" to the saddle in an abusive way. She was very afraid of people when I met her, but once she found her way into my life, she learned that some people can be trusted and we bonded deeply. In her younger years, she was an awesome trail buddy and we spent many years riding the Chilcotin mountains together, going on solo adventures and trusting each other with our lives. She taught many of my friends how to ride and gave them unforgettable experiences horse camping in the most remote areas of the Coastal Mountains.
When she retired from riding, she spent her final years helping many of our clients through equine-guided counselling session and retreats. She was an amazing healer and, given her difficult upbringing, was particularly good at supporting women who also had experienced abuse or loss.
I am heart-broken that she is no longer walking this Earth with us, as are her daughter Shoko and grandson Moonshadow, but I find comfort in knowing that she had a very long life filled with love and that the strong bond we have transcends this earthly life we shared. May you run forever free, Florita. Until we meet again.