Do you remember that day you first started riding? Your first riding lesson or maybe that drive knowing you were about to go ride a horse for the first time. Do you remember feeling that pit in your stomach that was a bundle of butterflies and nerves just bursting, waiting for that moment you sit on the horse and move off? Maybe that day was 20 years ago. Maybe for some of you it was just this past week.
But am I the only one who still gets it? This year makes 14 years of consistent horseback riding. That varies from trail, pleasure, English, Western, jumping, and showing. And yet lately, pulling up the drive of the barn and knowing in a few short minutes I'll be on the back of a horse again...my stomach just jolts with excitement. One would think that after 14 years it would calm itself. But it hasn't. There is a small thrill that runs through me every time I'm headed to the barn, and it doesn't matter what we are about to work on. Maybe it is because I finally own my dream horse. Maybe it is because I'm riding more frequently than I ever have in my life (2-3 x a week as opposed to the 1x it used to be). I don't know WHAT it is, but I still get excited and happy. It isn't nerves-I'm not scared. Just....flat out thrilled. Like a kid taking her first lesson. But I get this every time.
My horse is so amazing. She has come so far from when I first started riding her. I finally bought her last month and can say she truly belongs to me. Seeing her look up from the pasture or stall at the sound of my voice, ears pricked up, looking for me...that just gives me goose bumps. There isn't anything in the world I wouldn't do to keep her happy and healthy. We have started jumping together in the past few months and can jump 2' now! It was so scary going over it the first time (I haven't jumped that high in years, I switched to flat work for awhile) but she just amazed me with how well she handles it. So maybe it is knowing I have this awesome horse. I don't know. Whatever it is, that joy of riding is still very much alive and hasn't faded. The excitment of being with horses never ends!
Does anyone else still get this too!?