In The Saddle Again

Jeannie and I went to visit a couple who share her love of horses. They have an impressive stable of champion horses they train. I’m a big fan of the Rocking Horse cantor Tennessee Walking Horses (TWH) do in competitions. I become giddy and clap like a child when I watch this particular cantor. When “M” offered to ride one of the horses, guess what I requested?

I was impressed with Fabio, the horse “M” rode. He is beautiful and vain. He has an amazing mane he likes to toss around, hence the name. He is also padded. (I call them high heels for horses.) When “M” finished riding, she asked me if I wanted to ride Fabio.

Ummm, lemme see……….

No!

I haven’t been on a horse in 30 years, let alone to get on a padded TWH. Not this kid. I’m not falling and breaking bones. Then that little voice inside me said, “Why not? You want to. You gonna let a little bit of fear stop you from doing something you really want to do?” 

And I saddled up!

Talk about scared. TWH’s tend to be high energy and sensitive to the mood of their rider. Jeannie teased me because I was “led” but I didn’t mind. I sat on Fabio cheesing from my left ear to my right ear! As “M” led me around the stable, I tried to relax and ease my anxiety. I could tell Fabio was picking up on how nervous I was by the way he was walking. I took a deep breath, told myself to relax and Fabio picked up on the change in my anxiety. We finished the ride like champs.

Turns out Fabio is a champ! A 2 time world-champion horse! I didn’t know this until after we left. I was so excited to have ridden a horse. Then to find out he is world champion horse. 

For me, it was a nice reminder about how amazing things can happen when you face your fears. If I had given into my fear, I wouldn’t have the amazing memory of riding a world champion horse. Instead, I would have the thoughts of, what if I had ridden the horse, why didn’t I ride? And all the other things that come along with regrets. 

After we left, we went to Jeannie’s house and while I was nervous about riding again, I was all too happy to ride Miss Kitty, a Missouri Foxtrotter. I fell in love with Miss Kitty from the first day I saw her. This time I wasn’t led! I took the reins and impressed Jeannie a time or two. It truly was an awesome day for me. I’m looking forward to this summer where I’ll be doing more riding.

Watch out fear!

I’m in the saddle again!!!!!!!!!!!

We face fears constantly. Sometimes we’re bound by them. Other times we directly challenge them. Some we pretend aren’t there. All kinds of ways to deal or not deal with our fears. One of my favorite quotes is: “Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” by FDR. When you really think about that quote, it’s true. We learn fears as we’re taught the dangers of things as a child. The things we are taught to keep us safe can at times roll over into other areas of our lives blurring the lines. 

What are some fears you’ve faced? What are some things you would do if you faced your fear?


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