Last Saturday was a beautiful day. The sun was bright, a few clouds in the sky, and it was in the upper 70’s with a light breeze. I went to the ranch to visit Rosie and was planning to ride her in the arena, but ended up deciding to take her down the road and go for a little hack on our own. This is the third time she’s been down on “the loop” as I call it, and her second time going by herself. I am so amazed at how far we’ve gotten.
Two years ago, I was riding at a reining stable. I never enjoyed the actual process of showing my horse, though I did love having training exercises to practice each week. I had taken Rosie out on trail rides, but only a few times with other people. I was extremely timid and nervous about it, to the point where I even put my mare up for sale because I didn’t think she’d work out for me. Even though I wasn’t altogether happy with that barn I was at, I was terrified to leave because I didn’t know how we’d fare on our own, without our trainer and our support system. Leaving ended up being one of the best choices I have ever made for myself. With our 5-6 month stint at the barn immediately following, we gained a ton of confidence. Rosie went out on trail rides by herself often with another woman who rode her with kindness and patience. I took her out alone countless times as well. And now, at our new facility – we have the confidence to head down the road, down the hill, and ride just us two.
I know there are safety concerns with going out riding by ourselves. I always wear a helmet (every time, every ride) and always have my cell phone on me and I tell my barnmates where I’m going. She did have one in-place spook when she heard kids playing on the other side of a pond. But she comes back to me easily and is such a nice mare. If I could just stop her obsessive grazing habit while we’re out there, we’ll be set! I’m taking advantage of this special time because I know that soon my belly will be too big for me to ride her anymore. Rosie fills me with so much happiness. 🙂
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