I had a wonderful play with my horses today, the first since we arrived in Pagosa last week. Things are just starting to get green and there is still snow on the mountain tops, just gorgeous. Our crew is busy getting the ranch (campus) ready for the summer and Pat has his sleeves rolled up and is making lots of changes. Vinny is in dachshund heaven with lots of mole holes everywhere… I have to keep him on a leash when we go outside because he won’t come when I call! His instincts take over and he frantically digs and tears at holes hoping to find a prize in there so I’ve got to put a fence up around the house to contain him here!
Back to my ride, after a short session in the little arena behind my house (the one you’ve seen on many of our DVDs with the gorgeous Russian Sage bushes – which are just sticks right now!), Remmer was tuned in and ready to go. So I mounted up and turned Allure loose to follow and went for a ride from my house all the way over to the other side of the ranch. Remmer is so funny, he is the most perceptive horse I’ve ever owned, noticing the tiniest changes and differences and always making sure they are not life threatening! Our neighbors have some goats (weren’t there last summer) and he saw them from the hill almost half a mile away and was frozen in place for a good 2 minutes.
After about 40 mins of cruising around kind of like a trail ride, nice and relaxing, I headed to Arena Grande in preparation for a Savvy Club video segment we’re shooting tomorrow. Remmer was just lovely, and as I rode home with Allure grazing and then galloping to catch up with me, I suddenly remembered a ski trip my parents took us kids on in Australia when I was about 8 years old. We were in Perisher Valley having lunch in the hotel and there was a dramatic life-size bronze of the Man From Snowy River outside. As I gazed out the window a woman cantered up on her horse with another horse following her at liberty. I watched as she stopped to talk to someone and the other horse was playing around her. I was so excited! I was so obsessed with horses and this was like a dream… I ran out the door just as she cantered off amidst swirling clouds of snow. I remember the gripping feeling in my heart… I was seeing something I dreamed about.
And now here I am doing just that. Sometimes it feels unbelievable to me, the level of unity and connection I have with my horses is so special.
Is there something you always dreamed of doing with horses that you can now do? How about sharing it with us? :)