Thursday, October 15, 2009

Intrepid, harried, and a little wiped out

I have to say this whole "work" thing is really cutting into my blogging. :)

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.


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Congrats! I've been right there with you several times...and have actually listed my mare on Craigslist, too. But then I couldn't follow through. Weird, huh?

This horse obsession is a curse or a disease sometimes. lol!

Good choice for the award, too. What is up with poor NM's wack a doodle neighbors anyway? gah!


Paint Girl said...

Congrats on the award! You so deserve it! Nuz Muz is perfect to give this award to. She is so hardworking and deserving!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Thank you for choosing me. I'll be sure to pass it on. We are finally going to have good riding weather tomorrow and Saturday, but I've got in-laws coming into town and a major project deadline at work. I somehow have to get the house clean during the kitchen remodel for our guests and do the jobs of 4 different people at the office who are all out with the flu. I'm the only person in my department standing at the moment. Too much pressure, which is why I'm leaving a comment at 3:45 in the morning. I can't sleep.

Anonymous said...

I don't really know how NuzzMuzz does it with her job and her (incredibly) weird neighbors.

Remember, too, that you get to decide what, if anything you'll be doing with horses. Only you know what your own path will be. If it includes horses, we'll all be here to offer our support. If it doesn't, that's OK too - it's all up to you!

(But then I look at the title of your blog . . . hmm . . .)

allhorsestuff said...

Yea! You totally deserve the award!

Love your work..though youv'e been away from the horseface...hang in there and know that the $ supports the Joy of riding and partnership!(That's what I tell myself..gotta be normal and work!)

jill said...

Hey thanx for visiting my blog.
I'll have to do some back reading to catch up on yours.
Seems interesting so far though.........

Michelle said...

Congrats on your award! I can totally relate to what you said about putting your stuff on Craigslist. I think we all go through those times of too much work for those limited hours and then wondering why we are even breaking our backs to pay for these animals we never have time to see! It'll pass....=)