A lot has happened since my last post on September 14th. I was dead set on Heather DuFour DVM, nothing was going to get in my way, so I thought.
I decided to go full force, full time school, Vet Assistant, Vice-President for OU’s Pre-Vet Club… It all sounded great!
November 1st, I decided to put Fenway up for sale because it wasn’t fair how little time I had for him and there was no end in sight.
November 3rd, I decided to film a sale video for Fenway, my heart just about burst. Free jumping, typically you send them over the jump and they run around a little crazy feisty with little to no interest in you… Unless they’re Fenway. I sent him over the jump and he would turn around after the jump and canter straight to me. I was in absolute bliss and the entire day I asked myself why I’d want anything different?
November 20th, we lost our Koda. He had such a sweet, old soul, but at the young age of 3 years old he was taken by a traumatic incident way too soon. I always said he was my ‘dream pony’, the one I always wanted as a little girl. He had two young girls that loved him and now we all miss him dearly.
After the loss of Koda it really opened my eyes to how fragile life is. We’re here and gone in the blink of an eye. If that’s the case, I thought, what am I really spending my precious time on?
I found myself miserable. I had lost 10 pounds and felt weaker than ever. I had hit a new definition of running on empty.
January 18th, we lost Smoke. Again, an absolute tragedy of a kind, talented young horse with a promising future ahead, taken far too soon.
Life is so precious, and so fragile. Although the past few months have certainly had their ‘downs’, there have been amazing ‘ups’ as well.
While grieving the loss of Koda, I came to the conclusion that I was going to keep my Fenway, and keep living a life of passion and purpose.
I absolutely love working with horses. I love seeing the rawness of the beginning, the struggle and perseverance through the learning curves, the rewarding moments when things start to harmonize… It’s all part of the journey. I am a horse trainer, I’m a riding coach, I am a fitness coach, I am an entrepreneur, I’m a forever student, I’m a lot of things. But most importantly, I’m Heather. Simply, Heather.
Going forward, there’s been a change of plans.
We’ve had an amazing opportunity open for us to move our business, DuFour Dynamics, to a beautiful facility in Holly, MI. With an Indoor arena we’ll be able to work our horses year-round. We will be taking in horses March 1st as we’ll have plenty of room for students to board and horses to come for training.
I will be graduating at the end of next year with a Bachelors of Integrative Studies and a minor in Exercise Science, taking specific classes that will be directly beneficial to me in my career as a Biomechanical Riding Coach, Personal Trainer, and Equine Bodyworker. I’m very excited to stretch my understanding of exercise science and to polish my skills as a leader, teacher and writer.
So at the end of the day, I can’t help but feel grateful. There’s been a lot of hardship and heartbreak, but just when you feel like you can’t go any further, the sun shines it’s warm light and suddenly you know everything’s going to be okay. These hard times shape us, allowing us to refocus and prioritize our values so we’re truly able to appreciate the gift of life we’ve been given.