Between traveling for horse shows, and lessons rearranging, I was able to snag rides on the big red lesson horse last week. He doesn’t do a ton over the weekend, so trainer offered me the chance to get some badly needed rides in.
Big red could care less if I show up or not, but both of us could really use the fitness. Okay, mainly me.
Since my riding experiences lately are largely tied to riding lessons, there is always a critique or request from trainer to focus on. Riding on my own is a bit foreign now, and while I love any part of being in the saddle, what I found I miss the most are the times in-between training.
I miss the cool out sessions, where you wander aimlessly around the ring chatting with other riders. Or perhaps the break between gaits, where I am walked to the center of the ring and BRH (big red horse) parks himself and prays I get off and be done. I miss taking as long as I want to clean and chat with other riders around our tack. Or having the chance to watch friends ride before or after me.
I really enjoyed just being able to be a usual customer at the barn. Recently I’ve been very aware of how long it’s been since I have been an owner. I knew upon selling O that the disconnect from the social aspect would be just as rough on me as the lost riding time.
Anyway, maybe it’s being horseless, maybe it’s being a mom, but it’s something I miss far more than the shows. I would never trade my hectic schedule and life, but I’ve accepted that on my path there will be times where I miss out on things. This is why I am so thankful for the extra rides offered to me on big patient red horses, so that I can soak in a bit more of those moments.
Who else finds themselves missing the little moments, the in-betweens, more than actual training when they are horseless? I can’t be the one.