Belle is a barn gal through and through. While I have always been an animal lover myself, I never connected with an equestrian lifestyle quite like she has. The idea of controlling such powerful creatures (oh hey, let me just jump over that 4 ft. beam on your back and hope you don't toss me, no big deal) has always been a tad frightening to me, if I'm honest. Also, there is a lot of poo cleanup involved. Like...a lot. But watching her interact with her horse babies it's easy to see that this "hobby" is sort of her way of meditating, healing, reconnecting. It's her stress relieving go-to and I admire her so much for the dedication and respect she has for the sport.
Before my trip home to NJ she excitedly asked me if I would not only come to meet her new horse, but if I would agree to hop on up and take him for a spin. Seeing as though she is my favorite person on the planet, I promised I would--fully embracing the knowledge that I would look ridiculous. I haven't been on a horse in years! And since a promise is a promise, I woke up early and made my way to the barn with little sister...
I believe my exact words to Belle's trainer were, "Let me show you how it's really done..."
Are you cracking up? I am!
Mostly I just wanted to hug and snuggle him :) Luckily, he is a very gentle soul and put up with my nonsense quite well...
It's good to participate in the activities the people you love, love. It's relationship strengthening to show support in this very hands-on manner. I highly encourage you to invest interest in their interests and maybe even step outside your comfort zone to give a new hobby a try...
...Even if you look a tad silly doing it.
ps- also, keep your promises. Be impeccable with your word, ya know? Being disappointed or causing disappointment is by far and away my most hated state of being.