I grew up with horses. A white quarter horse named Toy came into my life when I was a year old. From that young age and beyond, when I played outside, I was with Toy. I wasn't just riding her, we took long walks together, laid in the pasture together and ate lunch together in her stall. As a nervous and anxious little girl, she had a very calming effect on me. My parents were never nervous leaving me alone with her. Toy was like a big, gentle dog. Just like this beautiful horse.