While Frisby got the day off, I still got to ride. After work, I went to visit my friend Vickie and her two horses. And there was a purpose behind this visit.
First, Vickie and I will be going on a trail ride, like a REAL trail ride in the next few weeks. And I won’t be bringing one of my horses, but instead will be riding Shiloh, one of Vickie’s horses. So I wanted to try her out, and make sure that we were compatible before going out into the wilderness.
Secondly, because Vickie wanted to ride with someone else. So when she asked, I was like sure! I’d love too! Now that is a lot for me. You see I am a homebody, and I never go anywhere. So for me to commit to going outside of my house (other than work) is a big step out of my comfort zone. But I said I would, and I am so glad that I did.
I am so lucky, and so grateful to have two friends that are horse people. First, we have Lynda, who is like my horse soulmate. Every summer we go to the Horse Park and drool over the horses and everything at the horse show.
We have been going to the horse park every summer for the past couple of years. And I soooo look forward to that 7 weeks every year.
Vickie has been a horse person for a very long time, and recently been able to get back into it, as many of us do. She was also lucky enough to find a great barn very close to work, and her home.
I have to admit, I am a little jealous that she can run over to the barn during her lunch break to check on her horses!
But this is nice, because I was able to go to her barn after work. So this wasn’t too far out of my comfort zone! And I felt so fancy, because when I got to the barn, Shiloh was tacked up, warmed up, and ready for me to ride. It made me wonder if this is what it’s like to be at a fancy barn. If so, I could totally get used to this!
Riding With Friends
It was so much fun to get away from home and ride a different horse. Meaning, it was really nice to ride a horse that would move without constant prodding and nagging.
It gave me a goal to work on with Frisby, and Ethan as well.
Shiloh is so responsive, and did whatever I asked of her with a ‘Yes Mam’ attitude. It was really nice. And having another person to ride with, well that was nice too. A lot nicer than being in a lesson, because we could just chat about our day, enjoy the horses and just have fun!
And you know, it was kind of fun to ride in a western saddle. I did have my English riding gear on, but hey, that’s how I roll. But It wasn’t bad at all being in western tack. A little different with neck reining, and posting in the saddle was almost impossible. But overall, it was really fun!
And like I said, the main purpose of getting out to ride Shiloh was in preparation for an upcoming trail ride. She is a really kind horse, and after our ride, I feel very comfortable with her, and I can’t wait to go on a trail ride!
I will still be wearing my tall boots and breeches, and of course wearing my helmet. But I think I feel good about the western saddle, it was really comfy!
And I can’t wait to share the trail ride with you! That will be coming in the next few weeks. Hopefully I will have some cool photos to share with you. Time will tell. But I am happy to say I am looking forward to stepping further out of my comfort zone!
Having friends to ride with is a very great thing, and I am so grateful to have an opportunity to ride another horse. This makes my horse heart happy!