Happy Trails

Riding:  The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.  ~Author Unknown

Char & I decided to hit the trails bareback today.

“Want a leg up, Mom?”  Great idea.  I stretched my arms over Iz’s neck and shoulders while pushing off of Char’s homemade stirrup with my foot; with an up-and-over I attempted to straddle my horse.  However, Char’s powerful assistance rocketed me across Izzy’s back and onto a grassy landing on the other side.

After collecting myself and assuring Char I was o.k., we lost ourselves in the hilarity of the scene. I’ve got some gorgeous bruises to look forward to on the fat part of my back and hip tomorrow, as well as a twitchy wince in my neck that is hopefully nothing.

After the silly start, we collected ourselves and I put a bareback pad on Izzy to give me something to grab onto while mounting.  Later during our ride, Char’s mount spooked at a squirrel in the bushes, tipping Char enough off-balance that she lost her seat and hopped onto the ground.  With no suitable perches for a boost, she was unable to climb again onto Ruger Jac’s back and so we returned with a barefoot Char, leading her pony.

me and my shadow, oh, and Ruger Jac’s butt, too

Late day shadows, long-legged ponies

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  1. Hi Tammy,

    I’ve been slow with ‘official’ notification of this nomination, sorry if you ‘read about it first’ on my blog. I have nominated you for a Thought Provoking Blog Award (you are truly deserving). If you wish to accept visit my site for details [http://pairodox.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/thought-provoking/]. As I understand it the protocol is in four parts. 1) Thank the person who nominated you, 2) Post the image of the award on your blog, 3) Share 7 things about yourself, and 4) Pass the award along to 5 blogs you enjoy. Congratulations! Dave

  2. Delightful! I’m just tickled to be nominated! Thank you so much and congratulations yourself. I shall consider the 5 to pass it along to and be in touch. Oh joy, such a lovely honor!

    1. Thank you, Christina! It is pretty serene and wonderful and we have been blessed to live in a little piece of heaven-on-earth in Southern Vermont. Took some time to realize the dream of having the horses, waited on my kids to be old enough to be able to work with them/handle/ride before we brought them onto the farm. We really enjoy them!
      Take care and hope you can get out on a horse someday in your near future!

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