Saturday, 10 April 2010

Most of you won't "get" this post....

but my heart is full and so I'm gonna blog it out...

When I was about 3 years old, my Mom and Dad put me on my first horse. "Clara" was a pot-bellied, sway-backed, paint pony who I loved very much. I still remember her all these years later. From that time, the love of horses has been in my blood and through the years, I have temporarily quenched my thirst for horsey-love by trail riding, working at barns in exchange for free rides and paying big bucks for day long horseback tours.

I have wanted to own a horse for as long as I can remember...but, life, family and money have never allowed me to fulfill that dream.

This weekend, I embarked on a mission. I have decided that I want to part board a horse, as a first step to eventual ownership. Part boarding entails paying a horse owner to ride their horse twice a week. I pay a monthly fee and the owner pays everything else, but we agree on two days a week and the horse is mine for those two days. I have visited four barns so far, and each one has its pros and cons. I have two more to visit tomorrow and one more on Tuesday evening...then I will make my decision.

I have to tell you that the moment I sat on the first horse, that VERY moment, I knew I was where I needed to be. Horseback riding is my passion...the one constant interest in my life. As addictive as a drug, being away from horseback riding can only last so long before the craving to be back in the saddle is too overwhelming to fight. Therapeutic, both mentally and physically, I need to be on a horse...

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man" - Winston Churchill


Being in the barn today was bliss. The smells, the sounds, looking in a horse's eye and feeling a connection, being nuzzled by two yearlings that were so affectionate they could have been puppies...I swear they would have curled up on my lap if they could have...takes me to a place that nothing else can. I truly need to be with horses.

And so, my mission is almost complete. I felt a connection with one horse today, but will test that connection tomorrow when I meet two more horses. By Tuesday, I will have agreed to part board a horse, with the eventual goal of buying a horse of my own. That may be years away, but for now, I am thrilled at the idea of spoiling someone else's horse.

So, I understand that most of you won't understand this yearning...but that's OK...it's a horse thing. ;o) Pin It

1 comment:

Kate said...

Giddyup cowgirl.

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