I ride because I am a naturally clumsy, uncoordinated, non-athletic person. I scuk at sports because I don't care and I don't want to try. It doesn't interest me. I am the one who is always picked last for PE, and the one that thrives in drama and debate and such. I fumble footballs, miss baskets, can't through very hard or run very fast...I trip over nothing, don't hit a baseball.....Nothing.
But when I'm in the saddle.....I'm a completely differant person. I'm graceful, focused, and I never miss a beat. I turn into an athlete because the horse is helping me every step of the way, and taught me where I needed to place my hands, my legs, my shoulders.....Completely self-taught. Everything I've learned I have learned by myself. Yeah, sure, I've had a trainer.....but after my first lesson and she screamed "HEEL'S DOWN" I learned to tune her out. She's the one you expect to haunt your nightmares for the rest of your life. I love her, but she's a drill sergeant. I mostly just go to use her facilities anymore.
I love to feel the power. The speed. There is nothing better than dropping the reins and just running. The muscles under your body and the sound of his breathing. But what's even better.....when at the end of that run, he throws his haunches under himself and slides to a hard stop and lands right back in his tracks to do it again.
Yeah. Cowgirls....We rein supreme