Sunday Ride

I picked up a friends grand-daughter yesterday for the afternoon. It was so wet and muddy to hook up the trailer and go get her horse. She was going to ride one of mine. I chose Jerzey. My trusty goe to, when there isn’t anything else to ride. Truly, one of the most personable horses, I’ve ever owned. She never gets out of sorts and has a heart of  gold. You might ask, “why don’t you ride her”? Well, I’m just one of those people who need a challenge. I love to fix things and she doesn’t need fixing any longer. It doesn’t matter whether I ride her daily or monthly. She’s the same every time she’s saddled.

I haven’t ridden Jewels since the day before my husband fell ill. It’s been a little over a month. I didn’t know how she would ride after a month of Sundays. My anxiety level was extremely high. I have been going over in my mind the possibilities of disaster. Yet, I took my chances. I was already tired from having been at the hospital most of the early hours. I decided not to lunge Jewels. I’ve been having trouble with my knee, again. The strength needed to ride her, out-weighed the need to tire her, prior to riding.  She still doesn’t stand entirely to mount her from the block. It took me a couple of tries. Jewels is getting better. And, pleasantly enough, she rode off without a hitch.

We worked a little on flexing and bending, leg pressure and going through the high water standing in my pasture. It’s not one of Jewels favorite things to do. She gets fidgety when asked. Never the less, she tries every time to please me and works through her fear. We had a wonderful later afternoon ride. Jewels is becoming a great friend and companion.

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