Have I ever mentioned, I love to ride?

For those of you, who’ve never ridden a horse. It’s a perfect example, of heaven on earth. Riding is so therapeutic, in so many ways. You forget all your worries. An exhilarating feeling from with-in. Just take a deep breath and hold it. Sit deep in the saddle. And, ride til your heart’s content. The sound of their nostrils flaring. The arc in their necks. Ears pricked forward. Keen eyes roving about the country-side. Watching curiously. The shear energy of a horses body floating above the ground. Carrying their riders, to destinations unknown to them. Their willingness to trust us. There’s nothing more beautiful, than a partnership with your horse.

My cousin joined us for a ride yesterday. We had been planning this for nearly a month. She hadn’t been on a horse in 20 years. Far to long, in my opinion. Jerzey was her designated mount.  One of the nicest horses, I’ve ever owned. I’m always confident in her ability to show a new-comer the ropes. We saddled up at home. I wanted to make sure Donna was going to be able to handle the horse confidently. It didn’t take long for her to become comfortable in the saddle. It was as though, she’d ridden yesterday. I reckon riding horses is like riding a bicycle. You never forget.

Our plan was to load up and take the horses to the lake. Instead, we took the horses over to the Great Trinity Forest Gateway and Horse Trails park. It’s only a few short minutes from our house. I didn’t want to waste the day, having to drive an hour or more away. The weather was perfect for riding. It was about 70 degrees. The parking lot was empty. No other horses and riders. We didn’t care. We were going to have fun any how. Our ride started on the east side of the trail. A gravel road that winds around and makes a loop back to the parking lot. It takes about an hour to ride. The trail was full of grasshoppers. There was a beautiful Red-Tail Hawk soaring above us. The wind was light and the sun was high in the sky.

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When we got back to the truck, my grand-daughter noticed there was an other trail that wasn’t there before. We decided to investigate. It was a trail heading south. The trail was well manicured and marked.

It took us along-side the Trinity River. It was spectacular. The river was really wide at one point. We rode deep in to the forest, for about 45 minutes. There were trails heading in different directions as we rode out further. It was getting late in the day, so we decided to start heading back. Conversing about our next ride. We can actually ride a couple hours out on this trail. Rest, have a packed lunch, and ride back. We’ll be planning a  new ride soon.019

When we got back to the truck, we loaded up and headed over to the Dairy Queen for a late lunch. None of us had a lot to talk about over lunch. All of us were tired. It was a great afternoon. To top off the day. I pulled into our drive-way trying to miss the culvert. Donna and I were laughing and talking. All the sudden, WHAM! We both looked at each other. I said, “what the hell was that?” She got out, looked to see what it was. Out of all the crazy things that could have happened to us today. I never would have imagined this! I hit the tree stump, that use to be a huge cedar tree. That sucker just jumped right out in front of me. lol OOPS! In spite of it all. We had a great day!

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