We've all heard it, said it or been called it at one point or another - horse crazy. It's typically a phrase used to describe pony-loving little girls, but I've heard it quite a bit recently in regards to a larger part of the equestrian community.
If you're into cars and repairing/restoring them, you're not automobile crazy, you're a gear head. If you like stamps or movie memorabilia, you're not stamp or movie crazy, you're a collector. Ever wonder why they call it 'horse crazy'?
Now that I'm all grown up, like I couldn't wait to be as a teen, and have gotten back into riding as an adult amateur, I've learned more about what it means to be 'horse crazy.'
ex: "I'm crazy about him."
synonyms: passionate about, (very) keen on, enamored of, infatuated with, smitten with, devoted to; (very) enthusiastic about
When I first started thinking about the term horse crazy, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Did it make sense? Was it an appropriate label? Just because I'm devoted, passionate and knowledgeable about a sport and industry not understood in the slightest by the general public, is it fair game to call me crazy?
Despite the definition of 'extremely enthusiastic' I can't forget about the negative connotation to 'crazy,' as in, "she's crazy!" And I got to thinking about the other, maybe more popular definition - insane, out of one's mind.
Then I started to delve into some of the components of life as an equestrian:
Early mornings. Late nights. Long days in the cold, wind, rain, or heat. Sacrifices – both time and money. Big expensive, injury-prone creatures. Jumping over [sometimes large, super solid] fences. Training a 1,200-pound animal to be more graceful than I'll ever be capable of. Putting your trust in an animal whose natural response is to run away from things its unsure of.
Crazy make sense. Crazy totally makes sense.
So, why do we do it? Why are we horse crazy?
We do it because we love it and it becomes a part of who we are.
Here's a few things I love about being 'horse crazy:'