Two days late, but better late than never!
January 11th marked three years of ownership, and most importantly, partnership with Annie!
As my very first green horse, I didn't really understand what I was getting into at the time, and while I
|First ride together, January 11th 2017.|
I was humbled many times over and persevered through disappointment and frustration - crying many tears in the process! Acknowledgement of my weak points mentally as a rider had me realizing that perhaps my expectations were not aligned with Annie's capabilities. I grew as a rider, not in physical skills, but psychologically and spiritually in ways I didn't quite understand as it happened.
It has taken a long time to not only recognize "going Zen" is the only way to ride this mare when she is upset, but to embody that mantra wholly and unapologetically. I think the first time I actually felt this in real life practice under pressure of my own was during our freestyle at the BVX. It was such a freeing feeling (despite the fact I had a lead changing maniac beneath me, aha) and I held fast to that feeling for the remainder of the weekend. When I dismounted, sure, I was disappointed, but I never let that feeling anchor itself in the saddle with me as we went around.
|Summer of 2019|
There is a strong allure to the quiet times too, though, and I have appreciated the down-time that Annie and I have shared. The times we wander quietly through brush and forest cover on our own, never speaking a word aloud, but drinking in the stillness of the world and allowing the rhythmic sounds of footfalls on the dirt-ridden Earth to lull our minds and bodies in sync like the effortless movement of a metronome.
|The best ears to be behind.|
Happy Three Year Annie-versary.