In summer, winter, rain or sun; it’s good to be on horseback

I have been thinking for some time now about getting Bear back into riding. It gives her a hobby, rewards her for her hard work and has always increased her self esteem. The added bonus was that I loved watching her bloom and enjoy. I also have a special place in my own heart for horses. I’ve always denied myself things that I enjoy….always considering other things that would please the entire family or my husband or my kids. You know, the ultimate mommy/wife: Them first, me second. I don’t regret those years at all, but I have come to realize that ‘me-second’ usually equated to ‘me-never’. Life has been tossing me hard lessens left and right over the past two years and I am nothing if not a quick learner. What I am learning most is that life is short and you had best enjoy it while you can!

I am working hard on being a better me. A better mom. A better wife. But mostly, just better at being me. I need a life full of love and family and  joy and health. To achieve that I have to work. Not hard work, just attention to detail work. One way I have decided to embark is leasing a horse. Not leasing a horse for Bear, but for myself. Bear is a hard worker (even while being a full-time college student-you go girl!) and is leasing her own horse. But we are doing it together. I get just as much joy (and exercise!) as her and we get to spend time together doing something we both love. Obviously, God was smiling on me when I made this decision, because we found a pair of horses available (owned by a mother/daughter team) that love each other as much as Bear and I love each other.

Even better? The horses picked us. We honestly just bonded together. Without further ado, I introduce our newest heart-holders: Knighthawk and Rain. Knighthawk is a buckskin Mustang, who fell in love with my little filly girl at first sight. Rain is a beautiful black Tennessee Walker who I swear performed a Vulcan mind-meld on me that sealed the deal. So far, we have only ridden a bit in the ring and given them both a much needed bath. Tomorrow we will go out on our first trail ride. I can hardly wait.

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  1. They are such beautiful horses! It is so cool that you are going to do this together. My daughter is here from Florida for a few weeks. We are going to pack a lot into each day!

  2. Mar

    Good for you! Hope you have lots of fun!
    .-= Mar´s last blog ..There’s Something About Mary =-.

  3. That’s really great. The horses are beautiful. Blessings…
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  4. Isn’t it amazing how animals and people with needs make us better persons? God is good. :)
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  5. i love all of those pix, but esp. the last one. Two of the prettiest girls I’ve ever seen. Some of my happiest memories as a kid were of taking the bus (with 3 or 4 of my friends) for miles and miles out into the next county. It was country then (it’s not now, unfortunately). We’d ride horses at the stable there for hours til we were exhausted and the horses were happy and tired. i still go there in my head, a few times a week. funny, huh?
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  6. Very beautiful pictures. Especially the two of you. Now you have inspired me. Back to horse back riding. Grab my grandson and off I go.

  7. That sounds so fabulous! What a great activity for the 2 of you to do together. It will guarantee that you will have a lot of time together. Such a wonderful way to keep in touch with your daughter.

  8. Happy Trails to You…

  9. DJ

    That brought back some memories! I haven’t been on a horse since my teens. Something to think about when my son is a little older.

  10. All I can say is YEAH!!!!!!!! You know the rest. :)

  11. Such fantastic horses! Horseback Riding is a great hobby and a fun way of enjoying moments with the ones you love.

  12. Very cool. These are great photos. You inspire me. Makes me think of “Chosen by a Horse.”

  13. Real brain power on dipsyal. Thanks for that answer!

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