Frank’s new book “The Horses That Touched My Heart” is now available!
This book is a compilation of heart-warming stories Frank has written through the years about the exceptional horses he has encountered and the circumstances that surrounded their lives and recovery. GET IT HERE!
Excerpt from the book
Moonstruck: Who is Teaching Whom?
It is interesting to look back upon one’s life and realize that some of life’s greatest, most powerful lessons − the kind that can instantaneously transform us, or the kind that can even end up remarkably vaulting us down previously unplanned life paths − can often happen in just the blink of an eye. Or even…in the quick, resounding crunch of a bone.
It was the late 1980s and I was on the back of a horse who was about to teach me the most important lesson of my horse career; unbeknownst to me at the time, it was a lesson that would go on to benefit riders and trainers and instructors throughout the world for years to come. I was on my second two-year-old Argentine filly of the day and neither horse previously had been ridden. The first, a sweet chestnut, had been a breeze, and we seemed to fit each other like old friends. But the second filly was quite another story; clearly she was having a bad day, but it was a bad day that would transform my life forever.
It hadn’t started out that bad. I saddled up the second, more spirited filly, and had done my groundwork, then climbed right on confidently. With my earlier success of the day working the easier filly, I was feeling downright just a little cocky. You see, this was only the second unbroken horse I ever had been on, and I had absolutely no idea then how quickly and violently it can turn.
Her name was Moonstruck, so-dubbed for the obvious bright white moon on her almost-black forehead. She was of the finest South American breeding, very high strung, which isn’t necessarily an undesirable trait for a horse headed into the fast-paced, very demanding world of polo. Little did I know that day, but Moonstruck would later go on to become one of the fastest horses in the game of polo, and would carry one of the most infamous polo players of all time: the future King of England, Prince Charles. But today Moonstruck was still green. She had her young mind on other things, namely, sheer terror and the absolute determination to unload her rider.
Read the full story - Moonstruck: Who is Teaching Whom? (PDF)