It's been a bit harried (we have a good bit going on in Congress and I wisely took on a nice big project right before it all hit because I LOVE to work constantly).
Just when I decided to be a slacker.
So I've been horseless since Tuesday.
Practically blog-less too.
Then I get this wonderful gift from Kate:
Isn't it wonderful? Here's the word on it:
"This Award is dedicated to those horse lovers and riders that inspire others to go deeper in ability, knowledge and understanding of the equine(s) they have been entrusted to.
"The good of the horse is the ultimate goal apart from pressures to achieve ribbons and fit into lesson schedules.
"These riders are fearless, when it comes to weather conditions and the forecasting of them...being with their horses, fills these folks' soul and takes the cares out of daily routines.
"They are unconditionally loving to the horse and may have rescued it from known ailment or living condition. Others have researched and purchased/ acquired their horse, to find a difficulty in temperament or a physical burden within the animal. Yet, being dedicated, they have persevered to proudly be in partnership with their horse, lovingly striving for deeper awareness between them.
"They might have been riding for years and suddenly had an accident that takes them away from the great joy and freedom they have, being aboard such a magnificent animal. They have allowed the healing horse to rise in their hearts once again, and beckon them back.
INTREPID RIDERS FACTION ~ "We strive to go where others only dare to go with our horse loves...healing, riding, playing, camping, jumping, swimming and traveling down the trails of life. . . . with the horse in heart ~ Overcoming many obstacles and sometimes weather, to ride!
"There are not many rules with this award - just:
1) that you give it to only one person,
2) link back to this post, so they may have an understanding of its nature, and
3) you may use any or all of the above written descriptions."
I'm a bit embarrassed since I was *this* close to listing everything - horses, trailer, tack - on craigslist.
Does that happen to you?
I often feel well out of my league in this blogging community - so many have competed, currently run barrels, participate in endurance. I've only ever ridden on a farm as a kid, mostly alone, and just now started trail riding. Yet here we all are, open arms with each other, sharing what we can, gleaning all we can from the words on the screen. We all want the same thing - more.
More with a horse.
Passing this on to one person is really tough, but I will follow the rules (for once) and send this on to Nuzzling Muzzles, who somehow works with those wonderful Arabians in midst of children, work, the weirdest neighbors on the planet and so much more.
I'll be riding tomorrow. I hope you will too.