What is it that makes me want to keep a blog? I prefer visual art for my expression! Alas, I also like to talk and blogging really is just talking, right?
I rode my horse Fame today, for the third time this week. That doesn’t sound like such a big accomplishment but since I haven’t ridden since last summer it was a pretty big deal after all. My goal this year is to ride at least once a week when school is in session, and much more when I’m on vacation. My horse teaches me so much. So what did I learn today?
I got a new saddle for Christmas. The first time I got on, my horse flinched and squinted, took a step, then sighed with relief and marched off relaxed and happy. I had some trouble with him last summer. When I would mount he would jump around like a Tasmanian Devil, sometimes throwing me off, then after a few minutes act like nothing happened. When he started getting mysterious swellings and white hair on his back I knew we had a serious problem. I am delighted that it appears the new saddle is good. As I pondered these things on the way home from the barn today I realized that Fame is really amazing. Except for the hopping around, he did everything I asked (which included some tough trails in Wyoming and Utah) without complaint. And I know that saddle was HURTING him! Would I do the same? Sheesh, when something hurts even a tiny bit I start wailing like the world is ending. I’m pondering that this week.