SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – It is days like these that Kerry Mellin feels her life makes sense.
“When I get on my horse, it doesn’t matter if my knees are achy or I’m not feeling strong or I don’t feel fast," Mellin told Spectrum News 1. "My horse becomes my legs and I feel like 1,000 lbs of muscle.”
Mellin moved to Simi Valley six years ago to start her own business, a company called EazyHold, which manufactures silicone devices that help people with poor hand function use daily life objects such as eating utensils, pens, and toothbrushes.
The other reason she made the move was so she could ride her horse Roxy every morning. It is a ritual she cherishes as a form of meditation.
However, she says the peace she felt has been shaken since Trump became president. Environmental regulations have been rolled back and the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Climate accord.
“I want to be able to get on my horse, my place of worship, and take off into the hills and just think about the beauty of all this instead of constantly worrying about whether it will be here in 10 years," Mellin said.
Her top priorities this election are climate change and abortion rights. But it’s not just about the issues.
“This election is different, it’s not just about politics, it’s about character and morals,” said Mellin.
She plans to vote for anyone who could beat Trump, but she is really excited about California Sen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
“It’s time to move to a female. I’m excited about a female," Mellin said.