Half of last week was about maintaining my carefully cultivated rain gratitude. Like any sensible horse person (oxymoron?) I enjoy much needed rain for approximately 24 hours before starting to get twitchy. 3 days straight? We’ve got cabin fever, HEY, we’ve got cabin fever!
With my usual around-the-place outdoor time cut, I did get a chance to hang the lovely pastels of my fillies that my brother’s girlfriend drew and gave me for Christmas. My photos don’t entirely do them justice, there are wonderful colors and blaze details best seen in person. The Wall of Horse above my computer is much improved by them!
At some point, I seized upon a break in the rain and booted up my Sheza princess with her Renegade Vipers. It’s the time of year with an actual winter weather pattern that my pastures are wet trending to mud and there’s a lot of rock and gravel in any outings that we do. Plus Sheza is suddenly turning *5 years old!?!* in a few months and it’s high time she broke in her fine footwear. After exhibiting some ouchiness on the short gravel barefoot jaunt with Josh , she strode out quite happily indeed hiking in her boots. Walking and trotting in hand uphill and down, across water (NooooMaybeWEEeeeZinng!), through muck, nostrils flaring, graceful staring–well done filly.
The weather cleared up for the weekend and after good chiro checks for the herd I headed out Sunday morning to reunite with first local endurance riding buddy N. She’s trying out a very cute TWH mare after a hard couple of years and it was just so good to be back out on trail with her. Kenny and the mare both have some fine tuning things to work on but have good souls and are fun rides.
Many of my friends are musing on goals and the role of endurance in their lives lately, myself included. As Mel put it, “I want to want to do it, but I just want to have fun.” I think that if you’re going to understand that place, after struggles of various kinds, I don’t need to explain it any more thoroughly than that.
Times change, people grow, goals shift, time flies. Find your joy, whatever it may look like.