I've been feeling appreciative lately
As I'm sure all people do at some point, I have small frustrating moments with my horse. But I have way more moments that really remind me how fantastic she is. I went on a trail ride today with the barn owner and a friend, and the friend didn't have her own horse and needed to borrow one. I let her borrow my mare so I could put myself on another boarder's horse who might not be so safe on the trail.
When I adopted my horse only five months ago, the rescue was adamant that she could only
be handled and ridden by advanced horse people. They said she was pushy, spooky, commonly bolted and couldn't be trusted with a less experienced rider.
Yet today, my mare ground tied perfectly still to be groomed and tacked, was the first to go through the "scary" streams, didn't bat an eye at passing traffic, was never barn-sour, and overall was the perfect babysitter to a rider (although somewhat experienced) who had never ridden my mare and never ridden anyone on these trails or this property before.
My friend thought my mare was so much fun, and while we were untacking, my barn owner said my mare was the best-behaved horse on the property right now. I think I sometimes take for granted how reliable she really is, and all the training I've put into her! She loves people and won't ever test a new rider. Last month I put my boyfriend on her who had never set foot anywhere near a horse and she happily toted him around the arena on the buckle
What are your favorite things about your horse (or a leased horse or a lesson horse, whoever you like)? What do you appreciate most about them? Let's hear about all the things our horses do for us