There are many different kinds of hobbies, that a person can take up, one of which is horseback riding. Riding can be scary to many people, but it is a fear that can be overcome after getting on one and taking that first ride, even if it’s at a circus. That is not much of a ride but can be the influence that makes some of us want to ride. That is how I rode my first horse, with my dad walking beside me the whole time afraid I would fall off. Soon as it was time to get off I of course would say more and would go around again. I think they could see me coming.
As I got older, I discovered that there was a lot more to riding that going in a circle. Friends had horses and we would ride all day. Not just trails like at most places that you go to ride and have to stay on a train that the horse knows so well it sleeps through most of it. No really riding, a friend taught me how to barrel ride and that is one fun sport. The horse and rider have to know exactly what to do and when. Its like being part of one another. Trusting the horse to make the right moves at just the right time was very exciting. However, it was not really, what I wanted when I ride.
When I ride, I like to feel the fresh air on my face, the sun on my skin and the rush of running full out in a field. Taking care of a horse is a lot of work that is a given. But the rewards that they give you back is well worth the work involved in taking good care of not just an animal but a friend or companion. The first time to go into a tack shop and buy your first bridle and saddle, there are so many to look at and options. I never liked the idea of using a hackamore on a horse they seem cruel to me. However, I have seen many on horses. Of course, I had to buy boots to because really riding in flip-flops is not really a great idea.
Another thing about riding is you can ride double with a friend or little kid and just walk through the countryside and enjoy the day. I will sometimes ride with little kids that are having trouble learning to talk its funny how fast they learn when they are with me. Once they are on the horse and we are walking, they open up and for some reason feel relaxed enough just to start talking. This is something that I believe could be helpful to many people that have children that are having a hard time.
Other than that, I think that I have the prettiest place to ride in the summer there are lakes all around, and in the fall the beautiful colors of the trees. There are so many places in the country to ride, and many of the riding clubs offer special events and races of many kinds. Endurance runs, shows and so much more. I guess to be honest that I love to ride horses just to get some alone time, and I do not take a cell phone with me! This is time just to reflect on life and the day.
One thing that I have always wanted to do was an old-fashioned cattle drive just like in the old movies. Living outdoors until the job is done. I am not sure they even take place at all anymore but would love to get in one. I did ride at a friend’s ranch onetime and we did have to bring the cows all in, I am guessing it would be a lot like that but for a much extended period of time. Its funny how far a cow can get from the place it needs to be on a ranch like that. Even calves that have just been born and having to put them across your lap and ride them back. It may sound corny but it is kind of fun.
Well I guess living in the country by the lake is just a great place to be able to ride. I have always lived in the country except when I was a kid in town growing up we would take trips to the lake and finally ended up buying a place to build on. My first time to try to ride a horse into the water did not go very well, turned out he was afraid of it and jumped straight up in the air. Talk about scared, I had no idea what he was going to do, but he just backed out and we went a different direction. I hope someday to have a ranch of my own where there are many horses and I can offer real riding to others like me. Not just a trail ride!