a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Riding A Magic Man

I love horses and  I own four.  I have told you the story of how they came here and have shared many pictures of them.  You have only seen me riding once.  Prepare yourself and think...Roseanne Barr and a shetland pony.  Now you have the right picture.

Magic came home today from the trainer.  Sam insisted I ride, gosh me??? Yes, you.  But, but, but, anyway I rode because she is a trainer.  I love them from the ground but I am ignorant on their back. 

Now this is a freshly trained horse and is not sure what I am asking and I am not sure how to ask.  All you horse pros, I hear you laughing.

Sam helps Magic and Sam helps me.  The stirrups are too long and guess what I have on my feet?  Flip flops!
Are we getting the hang of it?  Notice the one-handed rein technique and the one handed death grip on the saddle horn. If I were talented enough, I could toss that belly over the saddle horn and ride with no hands.

I didn't tell you the stirrups were set long for my husband to ride but he did not ride.

Look, guys, I can ride in another direction and the hand's off the saddle horn.

Now for the perfect dismount, flip flops still in place.
I hope you do realize what a break through this was for me, not ony riding but showing my picture.


Journaling Woman said...

YOU look a pro, flip flops and all. I don't blame you for loving them. they are beautiful. NOW you must ride more often. The more you ride, the more comfortable you will be. I do suggest...perhaps...and I'm no expert...different footwear.


Anonymous said...

You are having way too much fun!!! I enjoyed seeing that big smile on your face - I believe you have had an extraordinary weekend! Good for you!

Lori E said...

I haven't ridden a horse (is ridden even a word?) in years. 27 to be exact.
The stirrups are never short enough for me, at 5 feet tall my legs stick almost straight out to the sides and don't fit around a horses belly. Lol. It doesn't look good.

Silliyak said...

I don't know from horses, but is it possible to have a closer bond (from the horses perspective) if you ride them regularly?

Silver said...

Oh GAil! You look so cute up there! I have got on once before, so i think i know from where you are looking down onto the ground, may seem a little terrifying and just pray you don't fall off- well done ;)


Queen-Size funny bone said...

You look great and it looks like fun.

Grammy said...

That was awesome! You did great!

The Green Stone Woman said...

You should go riding every day, Gail. That's why you have those horses, after all. And wear the right footwear! And for Pete's sake, shorten the stirrups. How will you ever get comfortable if you don't do it right from the beginning?

allhorsestuff said...

YEA!!! Glad you finally decided to get up there and then to SHOW us all how adorable you are smiling atop your pony!!! LOVED it!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

You look gorgeous, Gail! Absolutely gorgeous!

And YOU'RE RIDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's more than I've been doing.

Good for you, my friend. I'm proud of you.


Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

You look great! And the horse is goodlooking. Keep it up cowgirl!

Gramma Ann said...

You look like a pro to me! LOL.... No way would you get me on a horse. And in flip-flops yet!!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

You just need boots..so go shopping for some! You look great riding..look at that smile on your face! I do not like to have my photo taken either..but you look great on that horse!! :)

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