Took a half day yesterday because it was the first 70 degree day of spring. There is something natural and primitive with horses that puts you in their time frame. That is to say horses have no concept of time, maybe we should not be obsessed with it either. Vacation is about a change. Change of scenery, change of setting, but mostly change of mind.
We had to walk them down the road to get to the trail. They both know it is not to be another boring ride in the field. It is nice out and they want to go. I must really confess to being a novice rider of horses. Yes, I can stay on and Blue listens to me most of the time. He is only five and a little better than greenbroke. My daughter is behind me on JD, the twelve year old. Entering the trail Blue is excited and wants to charge up the hill to a trail we have never been on. The good part is that I am starting to read him as we go from the odd couple novice horse, novice rider to short lopes up and downhill. We decided to try a new trail and he amazes me with another first, going through long patches of swampy water without protesting.
Our new trail turned out to be a shortcut back toward the house and not a three hour ride so two horses and the pony all got a bath. After that it was pony rides for my fifteen month old grandson. No, he didn’t want to get off.
Later it was steak tips and hot dogs from the grill, a first cookout with the whole family. After dinner we get out the pony cart.
What it is, is different. A half day of engineering stuff for Globo-corp ends with a half day of family, horses and the gleeful smile of my grandson. Feels like I have been gone an entire week.
Just because the world is going to end doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself. Stay balanced and get refreshed. You may find you are in a better place in dealing with the next evolution of horsemanure sure to come down the trail.
Keep bitching and put off the Apocalypse, one day at a time.