Well I will be stiff and sore tomorrow – if not tonight – but it will have been well worth it! This morning, after getting on one or two, here or there, off and on, sporadically (okay, you get the drift) I found myself taking out four horses.
Big deal, I know, four whole horses. But I haven’t been riding much, contenting myself with grooming and keeping the barn in order. I love grooming – just general horsekeeping is really all that I need to stay happy – and if I’m not taking horses to the racetrack in the predawn darkness with a 30 degree windchill, well, that’s not the worst fate, right?
But of course it isn’t the same, being on the ground, and can I help it if I started to whistle the minute I was tossed up in the saddle? Sitting back in the saddle, on the wide flat cantle, feet in front of me, heels down – oh, better than any La-Z-Boy could ever be!
The inner dirt track opened for training today. I’m not completely clear on what the inner track is made of, but I can tell you that the horses loved it, jogging along in fine style, gazing over the rail at the main track they’ve spent the warm months on, snorting at the quarter poles which are suddenly in new, unaccustomed places.
And then for good measure, a breeze, because no two month riding hiatus is complete without a breeze! The important fact, I tell myself, is that I didn’t pass out from exhaustion… Although I did feel a little light-headed walking the horse back to the barn!
Now I feel completely wonderful… My muscles are loose and relaxed, my mind is peaceful. What a lovely morning, what a crazy wonderful job!
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