Thursday, September 20, 2007

Horsing Around...

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One of the main reasons that I haven't been blogging as much, is that I have been spending all of my spare time at the barn. For the first time since we moved here a year ago, I feel like I have found a place where I fit in.

I have been in love with horses ever since I found out what one was. I would play with toy horses, draw horses, read books about horses, dream about horses, and even pretend I was a horse. When I was 4 1/2 years old, my mom and dad brought my baby sister, Misti, home from the hospital. My reaction?

"Take that baby back! I wanted a horse not a sister!!"

True story. As you can imagine, working with horses is a dream come true. I keep expecting to wake up at any moment. I remember how green I was on my first day at the barn. I didn't even know how to put a halter on the horse's head, and my first real riding lesson was probably one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I asked the owner of the barn how I did after my last ride, and she said, "You had some moments." I jumped up and down doing the happy dance shouting, "I'm getting better! I'm getting better!" You see, "you had some moments" is way better than "you're doing everything wrong". Haha!

On October 6th I'll be competing in my very first horse with the awesome horse you see in the picture above. His name is DC, and I must tell you that I am in love :) That camera phone picture does not do him justice. He is absolutely stunning in person, and I need to get my real camera out to the barn to get better shots. I'll be sure to have it with me when I show.

I don't think I will ever have the words to tell Rebekah how much I appreciate her letting me be a part of the barn. I really admire what she does for her rescues. I just didn't realize I would end up being one of them :)