My name is Esma and I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a small European country. Five years ago, when I was only a teenager, I survived a massive stroke. I was not able to move even my finger, nor to speak at all. Like every other individual whose life took an unexpected change of direction, I was looking for something that could improve the quality of the new life I had to learn to live. Being a child of the 90's I grew up watching Disney movies. In each movie my hero was the horse not the main character! I dreamed about riding a horse like just like Pocahontas, Merida and Mulan. During my rehabilitation I found the information about hippotherapy here in Sarajevo with Riders of Hope at Pegasos Riding Center. I contacted them immediately and we scheduled an appointment. When I first came I was scared of getting on the horse but that day my first task was to brush the horse I was going to ride. When I came in front of the horse and looked in her eyes, I saw love and encouragement. The moment I got on it felt magical and I didn’t want to get off. Every rider has "the horse" and so do I. His name is Gypsy. He is a black and white Bosnian mountain horse. He has shown me a whole new dimension. He is my Prince Charming. I have been riding for three years now and I have seen many improvements . First, my full ability to speak has now returned. Also, my walking ability totally improved after I started riding. Although I may be a bit slow, I can now walk from the parking lot to the stalls without any assistance. I can also lead Gypsy by myself, something I didn't think I would ever be able to do. Gypsy motivates me for living my life more fully. He is the one from whom I have learned to love. Gypsy has a great sense of humor also and makes each riding lesson extremely funny. My aim is to continue with riding, doing dressage. I can see myself competing with other equestrians and taking first or second place.