Melina had no doubt that her horse, Maple, loved her. But when she saw her horse interacting with her son, she realized the pair had a unique, unbreakable bond.
The day they met Kolten and Maple were close. “Maple was always totally gentle with him,” said Melina. “They both are so comfortable with each other.”
Melina knew that Kolten and Maple were meant for each other when he walked up to the fence one day while she was in the pasture. The second time he called her name, she ran like she had never done for Melina before.
Despite being several times older than Colten, Maple was slow and careful with the little one. Kolten was just as gentle. He was hugging the horse, petting its nose and telling Maple he loved her.
While some people might have worried about their son being around such a large animal, Melina was unconcerned. “Maple just knows he’s a little person and to be careful with him,” she said.
As Colten went on adventures around the property with his toy tractor, Maple followed him everywhere. “I set her reins down, and she just kept following him,” said Melina.
Melina couldn’t be more excited to see how Maple and Kolten continue to grow together. “She’s already a calm horse that is eager to learn,” she said. “I can just see them learning and growing together.”