"Treat"I just was reading one of my favorite blogs (emilyandjoshashdown.blogspot.com) and read how they have just started learning how to ride horses. I wanted to put my pic of Treat into my comment but couldn't figure out how to copy/paste it. It wouldn't work. So I thought I'd just post my buddy's pic and tell about it with a link to my blog.
So, Emily and Josh, I'm in love with this horse. I grew up riding horses all the time when I went to my friend, Jane Garff's, ranch. We had so much fun. I wanted a horse of my own so badly but with a divorced working mom it could never be afforded. I loved to go with Jane whenever I could. I think she probably got tired of me asking when we were going to ride the horses but Jane has always been one of the kindest people that I know. She humored me a lot. We even did barrel racing and herded cattle (nasty horse flies!).
"Deseret Livestock Ranch" - the ranch house (commissioned by Jane)
Jane's ranch was "The Deseret Livestock Ranch"-biggest in Utah-and it was sold to the LDS church. They use it a lot now for Pioneer Trek, I've heard.
So we grew up and I didn't ride much at all. I even had a scary experience in college when I was in a horseback riding class where my my saddle turned and I fell off (always always check the cinch!). I had to get back on the horse to go back to the stables and ride down and up through a gulley first. The horse knew I was shook up-so he proceeded to try to scrape me off on the bushes (didn't work). Just keep this place in mind-Dimple Dell.
"Hot Date" (that's Cliff, my son, in New Orleans)
Many years later I was doing a print signing at Granite Furniture in Orem and a gentleman asked if he could trade me an Arabian horse for my painting of New Orleans. I wanted to cry! I had always wanted one but didn't know where I could keep it or if I could afford it. I had to decline.
Recently a friend of mine, Becky, that owns 2 horses asked me if I wouldn't MIND going riding sometime. I said, "Mind! You must be kidding me! When can we go!?!" So I have become her new riding buddy because her kids are not available to ride and her husband has a bad back. Wow! So wonderful! She's teaching me all the stuff I never learned-like saddling the horse, cleaning up, grooming, etc. etc. and she is so patient. She's teaching me how to do everything properly. Best part yet is that I get to ride Treat, a beautiful red chestnut Morgan. I love him! But now I'm finding out that Treat has some funny little quirks that I have to learn to work with. Like he kicks out his back leg when he's first riding and that can be a little unsettling. So Becky rides him around for a big until he gets his kick out of his system. I didn't know that when you take the saddle off that horses love to roll in the dirt. They paw the ground like a cat first. It's so funny to watch.
Now. Remember Dimple Dell? Guess where the stable is and the riding is....you guessed it...across the street from Dimple Dell. You can imagine what I thought when I learned that. Memories are oh so cruel but I thought, "I don't care. I'm doing this no wonder how afraid I am". And. I am!
Unfortunately I just had hand surgery in September. So I'm a little out of commission for a while but I'm looking for some riding boots. So, Emily, if you find a good deal or a second gently used pair in a 7 1/2 let me know. Because I want them!
Emily and Josh have fun! If I hear of my horseback riding opportunities I'll let you know. Horses are so wonderful. They're one of Heavenly Father's choice creatures.
"My Paradise" (mine all mine but I'll share with people I love and I know they'll be there too)