I am not exactly the most adventurous person you are ever going to know. Quirky and fun? Yes.
You probably won’t find me zip lining anywhere. However there are a couple of things I have wanted to do since I was young, that I have never done, and I thought that turning 40 this year was the perfect occasion.
I have never ridden a horse, people.
Nope. Not even a pony when I was little. And yet, when we go to the racetrack I just feel like the horses and I have this amazing connection. Like I could totally be a horse person. Like they are speaking to me.
So for Mother’s Day, Kevin got our family an hour and a half trail ride “experience.” Apparently the lady at the place said it was completely fine that I had never rode a horse before.
Did you see how I said, the “lady” at the “place?” We never made it to the place. It was going to be 100 degrees that day and something inside me told me that perhaps 90 minutes on a horse was not a good idea for a beginner.
I kinda had an idea that my very first horse riding experience would be as follows:
1. I get on the horse.
2. Someone holds the horse by a leash(?).
3. I ride from Point A to Point B and then I get off.
I figured I would build to a trail ride. Jumping would come much later obviously.
So 2 months goes by, and now it is time for the County Fair. Our little family heads on out in the afternoon and the first thing Hannah wants to do is ride the ponies just like she does every year.
Since nobody is on the ponies or in line and the fair is very quiet, Abbie and Hannah ask if I would ride a pony. I just shake my head “No.” Not because I didn’t want to. I was dying to, but I was a little embarrassed to be a grown woman on a pony ride.
Obviously I was not that embarrassed because when Kevin told the pony guy I had never ridden anything ever, the guy sized me up and put me on the biggest pony they had.
I am not quite sure what I thought it would be like. I never fall off a chair while sitting on it, but I kept feeling like I was going to slip off to the side and fall.
Here is a 10 second video. I mouthed the words, “It can stop now.” The guy gave me an extra long ride. Oh goody. It was so long, a crowd gathered and kids kept yelling, “Hey, there’s a woman on a pony!”
Let’s let the following text messages to my darling and supportive mother illustrate how my first pony ride went:
She continues to ask questions designed to tease me, so I did not screenshot that. Moving on…
Really it was not my proudest moment. I really had dreams of being a horsewoman(?) and now those dreams are dashed.
Oh, you are probably wondering what the other thing I wanted to do was:
Downhill Skiing. Yep. I am so gonna rock the slopes this winter. Whoosh. Whoosh. I
tip over a lot am pretty good on the Wii Fit Board so we shall see how it goes.
So have you ever ridden a horse and did you feel like you were going to tip over like I did?