Sunday, August 30, 2020

August horses

I know I say this every month, but August has been the longest, hardest month of this very long, very hard year. The deaths of Karen Crossley and Pat Coulter book ended four weeks of political and social unrest, natural disasters, record breaking heat and, of course, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 
Like many people, I have been struggling. I was feeling especially overwhelmed last week, so I decided to make a list of all the things I like about this moment in time. It is not a long list, but I did manage to find a few silver linings, most of which were horse shaped. In spite of everything else, this has been a good month in the saddle.
As usual, my time was split between several horses. Lucy and I have a standing date with Mary Jo, Scarlett, Karen and Thunder every Tuesday morning. Here are the three amigos heading down the trail on last week's ride.
I also put in a lot of time with my other regular ride, Stealth.
Together with his owner, Diana, and brother, Guaranteed, we did a fair amount of trail maintenance this month. 
This led to me ponying a horse for the first time in years. So fun!
Here's something else that hasn't happened in a while...
Santana's owner has been working from home since March. This gives her more time to spend with him, which is great for her, but I have missed him. I was delighted when Mindy asked me if I could fill in for her last week. It was really nice  to see the world through his ears again.
Finally, there's Flynn.
I have had so much fun getting to know this big, sweet, goofy horse.
August has been a hard month, and I won't be sad to see it end. I hope September is better, but even if it's not, I have horses to help get me through it. For that, I am truly grateful.

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