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October 20, 2014

You Have Such a Good Horse

I went back to the trail finally yesterday.  It had been way....too....long.  Most of the time I feel okay riding alone.  But yesterday I was just feeling particularly "lonely."  One daughter is living in California, the other is close but busy with her life, work, her own family.  At times I feel very isolated.  So I set out on my ride feeling rather empty, but as the trail winded on I noted the spectacular almost turquoise blue of the sky, the red and golden leaves, sunlight breaking through.

Nearly back I happened upon my first set of trail riders for the day.  I saw them around the bend and yelled out "rider"!  So as not to spook their horses.  The woman leading the group says " are you alone?  Well good for you! You have such a good horse."   It is true.  Journey has turned into a quite nicely independent little horse.  I hold no grudge or fear from our accident (though still continue with headaches almost daily), I know what she did to make me fall was an instinctive fear reaction on her part.  It wasn't personal.  I do have a such a good horse.

2 comments:

  1. So glad you aren't holding a grudge with your horse; she was only doing what comes instinctual to them - but of course, we all still love the big weenies! Hopefully the headaches will subside soon.
    Bionic Cowgirl

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  2. There is NOTHING to bond you with your horse like riding alone, is there? "That's a good horse" never means more than when you're trusting your life to this animal. I just got back from Land Between the Lakes, where my trail ride plans went totally wrong. The first day riding with my 3 friends, Arie did his 4.2 - 4.5 mph relaxed calm power walk and the others just could not keep up. Putting him behind was useless, he's incapable of walking 3 mph. So instead of 3 days of riding with my friends, I spent the last 2 days riding totally alone on trails I had never seen, armed with a trail map, well-marked trails, for hours and hours each day. Never once did I question whether I had a horse I could trust with that responsibility. I would keep that over a show championship any day!

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