Strange and sad weekend. My family suffered heartbreak on Saturday night when my gramps lost his short but vigorous battle with cancer. I was not sure I wanted to include much on this post so I beg your pardon if it is short.
Yet I was so proud of Dice on Saturday, he jumped a 1.10m fence which he hasn’t done for over a year. He felt so good and after my promise to myself to do a brave thing with at least one of my horses at least once a week. That was my brave thing. I didn’t even feel too intimidated by the larger-than-comfortable fence and rode it exactly the same and my super star just bounced over it with lots of room feeling very confidant and young! This had to be worth a mention.
Storm was my saviour Sunday. I was so deeply upset I went half heartedly to the yard which of course was full of people. I desperately didn’t want to talk to anyone except the yard owner who I love about as much as my own mother. She is like my 3rd parent/close friend. She knew, she gave me the biggest hug and let me cry quietly. Then I ran and grabbed Storms’ tack, threw it on my ever-patient pony and fled the yard. We rode out round a familiar but longer ride. I started in tears but as Storm kept going, I calmed down and cantered along the fields, letting the cool wind brush away the grief for a brief moment. He was fantastic. In that moment I owed him everything, which as he is a pony, seems ridiculous. But by the time I arrived back at the yard I felt calmer and in more control of myself. The entire purpose of the ride. Such a wonderful creature. I am so lucky. That morning he completely embodied my title of ‘hoofbeats = heartbeats’.
P.S. Jazz continued as normal, steadily improving and me growing in confidence with every ride.
Be so grateful for every day. Every ride, every breath. Love your life.
I hope Dice was as proud of himself as I was of him flying our 1.10m fence today. Awesome showjumping pony tries his heart out for me.
Jazzy looking snoozy after a long working session. He’s improving every day and my confidence with him is growing equally well. Good boy!