For some, farming is just a word. For people like me, it is a lifestyle. Waking up at the crack of dawn every day and working until the last ray of sunshine sets behind the rolling hills is just part of the life I love. Growing up on a farm has taught me many valuable lessons I never knew I would learn. Not only did I learn how to be responsible, I learned how important agriculture is to our society. I also learned not to take life for granted. I am not handed everything that I want. I have to work for it. But the feeling I have once I meet that goal is unbelieveable. There is nothing better than finally reaching your goal after working so hard. It gives me a sense of pride even if it is the smallest of tasks. Agriculture has taught me these lessons and many more.
There are times when it takes everything for me to get out of bed at 5:30 in the morning. But when I walk out into the pasture and see the dew glistening on the grass, smell the fresh cut hay, and hear the soft whinnies of my horses, I know deep down in my heart that there is no where else I would want to be. Growing up on a farm has allowed me to experience life lessons earlier than others would. I have seen the happiness that comes with the birth of a new foal, and the sadness that comes when that foal dies because of colic. Because of this, I have steered my career pathway towards equine sciences. I want to not only work with horses, but I also want to get involved with equine assisted therapy. Dealing in the agricultural world has allowed me to come to this conclusion and I could not have found a better pathway for myself. Just like Paul Harvey said, God made farmers to do the toughest work there is. But he also made them able to handle the most delicate situations. It will be an honor to join the group that Harvey references when he proclaimed “And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker.’ So God made a farmer.”