I couldn't believe it took me nine years to finally ride a horse in Texas! Now I wish I could have done this much earlier because it was soooo MUCH fun. Why did I waited this long!?!?!
Horses are such beautiful creatures. I have always loved and been fascinated by horses since childhood. Once upon a time, I wanted to become a female jockey but that dream never came true because my parents were concerned about safety. The only time I remember being on a horse was back in high school during a field trip to the beach. I got to ride a horse for the first time on the beach (very briefly). That's about it until this past weekend my dream came true. I said let's go do horse back riding!! My husband and I randomly picked the closet ranch we found on Google, here comes horsies!!
We each got our own horse and learnt a basic horse riding lesson for one hour. I rode on a female horse, her name was Freckles (she lost one eye, poor girl) while my husband and a little one rode on a male horse named Bruce. I was a little nervous knowing that I had to actually control a horse given that I lacked a "real" experience riding one indepently and for one hour that could feel like a lifetime but I was wrong! A trainer got on her horse and we all followed along on ours. We toured a small, quiet neighborhood and open fields. A trainer picked each horse based on rider's experience (in my case - no experience or whatsoever). Freckles was a great horse for beginners like moi. She was gentle, walked at a fairly slow pace and was always at the end of the pack which I didn't mind one bit but I still had so much to learn about her so we could get along better. I appreciate that people there take great care and seem to genuinely love their horses. Their horses look healthy and happy which make it an even better experience.
This whole experience was so much fun. I am not very good at this point but with more time and practice a real cowgirl may be born...hee-haw!! Can't wait to go back.