Sunday, October 24, 2010


On Thursday I got a rare chance to just skip out to the barn for a quick ride on my own. No lessons, no Pony Club, no agenda, just wanted to go ride.

Everything was calm and quiet out there, the horses settled into their dinners, nobody there but me. McKinna is used to the routine and just kept eating her hay as I groomed her and tacked her up. I didn't want anything fancy-- I had a long week and I just wanted to go for one of those rides. You know the kind. A ride that doesn't have any point or any goal other than to enjoy your time with your horse, a ride where you remind yourself how wonderful it is to be able to do this.

So that's what I did. We walked, trotted, and cantered around the outdoor arena as the sunset faded from brilliant orange to a softer pink and then the cool grey-blue of night. No agenda, no goals. I asked for roundness because it's more comfortable and better for both of us, but relatively round and supple is generally McKinna's default state now, so it didn't take much effort or thought. All I heard was the sound of McKinna's hooves going lightly over the sand and our breathing. She seemed to pick up on my mood and just offered a calm, steady pace.

As I was riding these effortless gaits and then putting her away, I kept thinking, "I am so damn lucky." How amazing is it that I get this chance? This mare, this animal that's born to be spooky and skittish and flighty, will happily carry me around the arena, going along in harmony with me without so much as a wayward glance. She'll leap over obstacles, gallop when I ask, halt when I say, tie to anything. Through everything, the training struggles and progress, the stress of school and ratings and everything else, this is the best you can get. Just you and the horse and a quiet, perfect doesn't get any luckier than this.


summersmom said...

So I was a little down after yesterday's show since I didn't place at all, but this blog entry reminded me why I have a horse. Not to win, but to have that amazing connection to a half-ton animal who chooses to listen to me (most of the time). Thanks Brianna! I love my pony!!

Leah Fry said...

Since I don't show, what you have described is what my whole horse experience is about. I remind myself of this when I'm having to spend more time than I'd like doing horse-related chores. Puts it in perspective for me every time.

Marissa said...

What a beautiful post! I know exactly what you mean -- horse people are the luckiest people on earth. I love rides like these, they remind us to be grateful for these amazing creatures, no matter what else is going on in our lives. So glad you took the time to enjoy your lovely mare!

Jane said...

And the choir says "Amen"!
Beautiful post.
We are the luckiest people on earth.

manymisadventures said...

Glad it helped you cheer up after the show, Kacey :) We may forget sometimes, but I think we all know that it's really about enjoying the horse.

Luckiest people on earth, indeed! I sure think so. It may be a crazy expensive, emotionally intense, physically risky hobby, but it's more than worth it to me.

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