after 36 years, i can finally say that i'm a horse owner. i can't say that without smiling a mile. i am thrilled, anxious, nervous, excited, and whole bunch of other emotions i can't even identify yet.
i handed over my money today, got Paul's paperwork, moved him to a different stall that has access to a grazing field and an industrial fan to keep him cool. he is the barn favorite and has a face to die for. all i want to do is just sit on a pile of hay and watch him.
growing up, i tried to ride the only thing at my house that was similiar to a horse and that would be our goat. he wasn't very cooperative and when i sat on his back, he just stood there. i once tried to put a child's saddle on him but i stress the word ONCE. after that one time, he stayed as far away from me as possible. my dad sent me to a horse camp for the next 2 years. i cried when he dropped me off because of homesickness but after a week with a horse, i cried when he picked me up.
i started riding our neighbors horses when i was 7. i started out with the pony and moved up to the 30 year old quarter horse. most of the time, i just put a bridle on and get on bareback. when i was 13, my sister, my mom, and i moved and i didn't have access to the horses anymore. when i left for college, i saw that they had horseback riding as a class. so i took my first english horsemanship class. i prefer western still but it was nice to learn a new style.
after college, there was another 10 year break from horses but during that time, i got my first teaching job, got married, bought a house, and adopted two labrador retrievers but my love was still for horses. then, like a heaven sent, a substitute in our building invited me out to the barn she had her horses at. i rode and then started leasing my first horse. he was sold at auction a few months later so i leased another horse and rode as often as i could. i am glad that i hadn't forgotten how to do it after so long.
then, i started riding paul and he was like a dream. my dad said that he would buy my first horse for me and i chose paul. it may have taken 36 years to get my first horse but he was worth the wait. jeanmecharlie.jpg horserideinMA.jpg paul.jpg