Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A dream come true

It may have taken four decades but today, finally, a dream came true: I got to ride my very own horse for the very first time!!


We took Jack out to the dog park and my friend, who is an experienced rider, took him around to test his skills and riding personality - we didn't know how he would react, what he knows or how well he would listen so this was the safest route.

OMG were we ever in for a most amazing surprise - Jack is, indeed, a cadillac!! Completely bomb-proof, smart, eager to please, full of happy energy and incredibly responsive to the slightest touch - we were both floored, what a dream!
Here he is with my friend, warming up:

He just wanted to go, go, go!
The trick was to pace him and get to know him first:

Once we knew he was super safe, 
I finally got to ride him for a bit...
Are we cute together or what? :-D

He was impatiently waiting for the OK to get moving,
this horse LOVES to ride!

At his size, Jack would be considered a "half horse"
but he's all that and double plus more, I tell you!

I have to get him a proper saddle blanket tomorrow (the one I bought him was way too big, need to go exchange it) and then we're all set for a few more gentle sessions... From saddle on to saddle off today was about 30 minutes, we don't know his stamina yet and don't want to tire him out too much.

Like with people, a healthy diet, fresh air and proper exercise keeps one young in spirit and body.

Jack is blessed with exceptional genes, he looks and acts like a horse half his age. I hope to share many years with this special boy - how I got so lucky I'll never know but there you have it.

Sometimes good things are worth the long, long wait :-)

/end of Day Of Good Stuff post/


Adventures In China said...

Aw, that is so sweet and I am so happy for you! You guys look adorable together! I bet Jack was just as happy as you were. How great is that??

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am so happy for you both!!!!
You guys are a match made in (horse) heaven!!!!

A blog by the "Farmer" said...

Yippee! This is fantastically wonderful news! I'm so happy for you and Jack. What a wonderful dream to have come true... You felt Jack would be the one and you were right. He took good care of you today.

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare, Henry V

The bond between horse and rider is magical. Keep up the great work! Dreams do come true.


P.S.> Garden protection - brilliant! Loved the suggestions - I'm going to try the first one (cheapest). Thank you!

prin said...

I'm glad you're having fun. :)

Anke said...

Good for you guys!!!

anuday said...

Awesome, well done!!!

ModernMom said...

Oh how fabulous! You look gorgeous up there!

C said...

you look so cute and comfy on him! give him a huge hug pour moi.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

This is the best news. I am so happy for you. You two looks great together. Now if I could just get myself some healthy food, fresh air and exercise I could be young again!