In the 8 years since All About Equine’s inception, so many wonderful relationships have been built. However, Dayton and Liv’s fairy tale is arguably the most touching and certainly the one that dates back the furthest. We certainly hope you enjoy reading Liv’s adoption announcement as much as we have enjoyed watching their special relationship!
I can’t believe this is actually happening. It hasn’t really sunk in yet. But I have finally adopted my first horse. And not just any horse, but my best friend, my heart horse, the horse I have wanted since I was 12 years old and he was 4 months when I first started volunteering at All About Equine Animal Rescue.
We have been through so much together and apart and it’s finally our time to start the rest of our forever together. I started working with Dayton when he was just a colt and I was just a kid. I’ll admit I thought he was a pain in the ass. Turns out, I rather enjoy pain in the ass horses.
He quickly became the best part of my day on the days I was able to go out and volunteer. With the guidance of Wendy and Phyllis, our awesome volunteer/trainer, I was able to teach this young colt so much and in return I learned so much. I had tried to adopt him when I was younger but came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to be good enough for him at that point in our lives. I had no idea where I was headed or what he was going to be capable of.
Dayton was adopted when he turned two. I remember the exact date. I wasn’t around the rescue much through high school, something I regret. But he ended up coming back two years later. I couldn’t believe it.
And then I left for college. I struggled with some things my first year and i remember when I didn’t want anything to do with anything else in my life, I wanted Dayton. I wanted to be with him, and play with him and learn with him. Even though I was half way across the country, he was who I turned to to help get through the mud.
That summer I came back home and spent almost every day out at AAE. It was so hard to leave again. But I counted down the days until thanksgiving break and then Christmas break and spring break.
This summer I stayed in Colorado to work on classes and my internship. And this summer I have made it possible to bring him to me.
Dayton will be coming to Colorado and officially be mine forever and always. He will be my companion and my reprieve from school where I am working toward a psychology and equine therapy degree.
One day I hope to have my own equine assisted psychotherapy practice and Dayton will be the first horse in my program (if he’s up for it 😂). Bringing him out here is the first huge step towards making my dream a reality. And I am so excited to start this new chapter with him.
Liv, All About Equine Volunteer & Adopter
Liv, on behalf of all of your friends at All About Equine, we are so happy that your dream is now a reality and we will be hanging on the edge of our seats for updates on you and your long time best friend.