I can’t stop thinking about them! It seems like an addiction I think, the way you only have to ride a few times before you think that’s all you need. I adore Hailey’s horses and she’s such a source of information when it comes to her ponies.
Though only three are allowed to be ridden, she has five. Though I’ve ridden on all three, I wouldn’t be able to tell you which one is my favorite since each has their own temperament and attitude, their own personality.
My favorite ride was when I first rode Molly. She’s small and her back only comes up to (about) my chest, but she has the energy of a race horse. She’s nutty and sometimes has to be driven in circles to get her under control. Hailey and I continue practice with her though and I never ride her outside of the paddock.
When Hailey had me ride Molly for the first time, we started bareback. I had to learn how to move my hips with the horse, understand the muscles that were moving beneath me. It was amazing, just the instant grounding you get when you can feel the machine beneath you. I rode a little more with and english saddle but it didn’t compare to bareback.
Riding a horse is all about give and take, feeling the horse beneath you and understand that you do not command it, you are not the one in charge. You have to give up control in order to ride and it’s very therapeutic.
Let’s not forget about the chores on the farm! Taking care of the horses, goats, and chickens is also quite a bit of fun. I know I’ve built up a ton of upper body strength just from lifting doors and carrying hay bails!