Sunday, June 7, 2009

Lily and Sierra hit the trail

Sorry I've been gone so long. It's not going to get better, I'm afraid. I've recommitted to my writing (I have one novel with an agent and am working on a second I just figured out the plot for) and have to redirect my energy there.

So I'm going to go for quick, brief, entries.

Horse Haiku, if you will.

(Not true Haiku, for all you purists out there.)

Saturday Sierra had her first trail ride on Lily
Lily is the horse I dreamed she would be.
Level headed. Responsive. Spook free. Patient.
My daughter glows.

We rode with our friend Rudy at his house
with his daughter too.
She's starting to become... horsey.
Dad's pumped.

Saturday I rode alongside Sierra, riding Canyon.
Charged by horses on the other side of the fence,
He had to canter in concern for 20 yards or so.
He did not buck. I did not freak. I let him canter a bit.
We got through safely.

Despooking is starting to pay off.
Scary sheets bear carrots.
Green balls are squishy.
Courage is a long road.
A road worth riding.

Trust is a long road too.


Cactus Jack Splash said...

You have stuff in your arena too...I really don't like balls you are brave.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

hehe! That last photo makes me smile :D What a look Canyon is giving.

I think it's great that you are working so hard to get him past his issues and to help him learn he can trust you. It all seems to happen on horse-time, though, eh?

I'm so glad that Lily is working out so well. Yay! Does her calm demeanor seem to help Canyon get through the rough spots when you go out?.

Girls and horses. Bliss!


Grey Horse Matters said...

That horse is just adorable. Glad your taking time for writing, it' always hard to find the time to do what we want. Good luck with the new novel.

jacksonsgrrl said...

So what are your books about? :)
Isn't it nice to be able to ride with your kiddo? Miles is learning by leaps and bounds and not only went on the scavenger hunt the other day, he helped us take a bunch of it down on Monday!!! We still need to do our trail ride!! If you ever wanna come down our way we have access to all the land at Triple H which is about 5,000 acres I think. Lots of fun trails from easy to hard. It is a wonderland for trail riding!!! Good luck with the book, don't stop blogging every once in awhile tho!