Anna Rau used to write the words “my own horse” at the end of her mother’s grocery shopping lists. “She’s written it on every one since she was 2,” says Kate Rau. After realizing her daughter wasn’t going to outgrow the dream of owning her own horse, the family purchased off-track Thoroughbred Iceberg Lounge nearly two years ago.
The gray gelding is terrified of dragonflies and his own tail, but adores Anna. “It’s been a really good fit; he is devoted to her and she is to him,” Kate says. Iceberg, who is now named Areion, is doing liberty training with Anna.
In this picture, Anna was simply sitting quietly, on a beautiful summer day, making her energy inviting so that he would want to come to her, looking for a connection.
In the future, Anna plans to study veterinary sciences with the goal of becoming a large-animal vet.