When I started this blog, I wanted to post very regularly, at least 4 times a week. I was doing OK last August until a big event in my life changed my daily and weekly rhythm and I just let the blogging slip away.
The big event was that we bought a horse for me. His is my "medicine" and his name is "Doc" (I kid you not!) I didn't name him, that was just a happy coincidence. Speaking of "Doc" and "Happy", did you know that 6 out of 7 dwarfs are NOT happy? (My husband told me that joke.)
I don't have any good photos of Doc yet as he is a big challenge to photograph on my own (he always comes up to me when turned out in the arena so I can't get him to be far enough away to shoot properly on my own) and when my husband comes to watch me ride, we have a boisterous 3 year-old with us who, thus far, has rendered the photographic effort to be, well, let's just say "non-productive".
Here is a photo of us on the day the vet visited:
My loving husband always encourages me to go ride and I am so thankful for his generosity. He takes care of Joaquin while I ride and I'm usually gone for 3 hours each time--at least 4 days a week. He got tired of me thanking him all the time and finally "explained" it to me. It went something like this:
Me: I know I've told you before, but I just want to be sure you know how much I appreciate your support with my riding. It means so much to me, thank you.
Him: (huge sigh...) Look. I am a selfish man. When I "let" you go riding, I always get back a happy wife. I LIKE having a happy wife. When you ride, you lose weight and get more fit. I want my wife to be healthy. I want my wife to be around for a long, long time. For ME. I like the way you look when you are riding and fit. That pleases ME. So this is really all about ME and what I want. You don't have to thank me.
Riding is also very physically demanding (I am learning dressage) and it's outdoors in the fresh air. Not only that, but it is surprisingly social. You develop a relationship with your trainer and other riders at the barn. And you have a relationship with your horse. Horses are amazing. So willing to cooperate and so giving and sensitive. I just love riding. Today I had a really lovely "practice" ride (that's where I ride by myself and try to practice everything I've been learning in lessons) and it went really well. I come home floating on another plain...so happy...and so "rested"...and so worn out from the physical demands. Very good medicine!