My Winter Romance
Tonight ended up being rather different than I had expected. Life throws you alot of things that are un-expected, but in some cases, it throws you something wonderful and you end up blogging from cloud nine.
I (finally!) got the time to go and see Horse trainer Melissa, and start the re-learning to ride process, in hope of getting good enough to participate in the sport of Bareback and Bitless", (which is NOT some kind of strange sex, but rather where one rides sans saddle and bridle) and also to learn to ride sidesaddle, and jump, all of which I have been wanting to learn since I was about five.
Getting there was like trying to find Brigadoon, the fog was so thick, I said to Melissa "Is this the first TEST? I can find the place, you share your ancient Horse Knowledge with me???"
And once I did get there I felt like Dork Princess wandering around the barn (Ok, "barn" doesn't cover it, HUGE honking heated indoor riding arena with stalls and plants for goodness sake) calling out forlornly...Let me in..let me in....
A nice lady let me in, and she and a gentleman and another nice lady (I knew they were nice as I had met them before) and welcomed me. Really welcomed me. They were really nice. Too nice. They, have you ever heard the expression "Smiled Toothily"? They Smiled Toothily...Come they said, Melissa has your horse all ready for you....
And there was Melissa, with one of the most beautiful horses I had ever seen. Black and White Pinto, half arab, half saddlebred. (One can tell) Tail and mane braided up so they would not trail on the floor. Ok, I'm in love. THIS is your lesson horse????
Not exactly. I hadn't been on a horse for a long time now, had a bad incident that scared me for a long time, but getting on this horse was like coming home. SO smooth, so easy to ride, responded to every cue instantly. This is what riding can be, I thought. I know I have never been on a horse this good before.
The nice people watched, and cheered me, and Melissa called out tips, and I rode, western tonight, as it has been a while, as I said. The nice gentleman said he had a camera and went and got it and took pictures for me.
Then Melissa said "She for sale your know"
HA! I said, I don't know as much about horses as you do but I sure do know I don't have that kind of money lying around. (think 1000's and not under 10)
Well, no, says Mel, but you could lease her, she needs the work.....
Leasing around here means one pays for board or a portion of it and in exchange, rides whenever one likes, without being responsible for any vet bills or feeding or anything, as long as one is acting reponsibly. And this far out into the country, a lease is often very reasonable, as there are always horses needing work. I've done it before, but never with a horse of this caliber....
Not being able to think of a reason this sounded like in any way a bad idea, I now have a horse.
Meet "Winter Romance"
Love and Horsies,