I can't remember why Carol and I thought it would be a good idea for me to leave the day after Christmas. We must have been focusing on the post-holiday lull, without any consideration for pre-holiday stress. This was a significant oversight. It turns out that trying to prepare for Christmas while also trying to get ready for a four week trip abroad is really, really, really stressful.
No, really. It's so stressful.
I had a million things I needed to do today, none of which involved riding a horse.
So guess what I did today?
Let me explain. James' girlfriend, Maya, is a full-fledged animal lover. She saw photos of James riding Chino this summer and expressed an interest in riding with us. For months, I've been trying to make that happen, but it wasn't until today that the stars aligned: The weather was good, I was able to borrow three ability appropriate horses and everyone's schedule was open or at least open-ish.
So today we rode.I gave Maya a quick lesson in the ring, then we headed out.
There's still ice in the river bottom so we stayed up top and did the Sports Park loop.
Thunder is a lively mount. He's a lot more horse than James has ever ridden, but they did really well together.
In fact, they led pretty much the entire way.
Chino was kind to Maya. He mostly kept up and didn't spend the entire ride eating.
Of course, Stealth was wonderful, too. He nearly always is.
|photo from September, he's a bit fluffier now|
But seriously. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. I still have a million things to do. Please do not let me go to the barn!