At first, Driven Storm was a bit cool to the charms of the young girl in his life.
Whenever Malindi, 11,would try to catch him in his field, he’d trot away, says the girl’s mother Lori Ann Thwing. But, after persistence and consistent rides together, that all changed. “Now when he sees her he trots to her and drops his head to her,” she says, noting that this picture was recently during a break at a horse show. “Mali, who assists me at horse shows, wanted to go visit with him while the show was on break,” she says. “ So I followed her into the pasture, and this was the first photo I took. As he walked up to her and dropped his head in her arms, he closed his eyes.”
Driven Storm is a 15-year-old OTTB who currently resides at Serenity Farms in Byron Center, Mich. Her daughter has been taking consistent lessons on him, and she is clearly one of his favorite pupils! “He needed a little girl to love him. He is very well taken care of at this barn, and his owner loves him dearly,” she says. “But there is something about the love of a little girl that every horse deserves.”