This evening was my first session as a horse leader at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center. I keep meaning to post of photo with my horsey friends but every time I show up at the Center, my head and hands are busy and the phone stays in my pocket- which might be another delight.
I’ve always loved horses but as I grow older, these beautiful animals are leaving a deeper impression on me; their personalities, the non-verbal communication, the need for me to be aware of my own space as I interact with them.
My gait needs to interact with theirs.
My eyes need to focus on where we want to go.
I need to be cognizant that this beastie next to me has its very own mind and opinion. It’s a delicate partnership.
And it’s all still new for me. Today I was so nervous I relied on help from other very generous volunteers.
But as the sunset over the mountains, I tucked my horse, Junior in for the night. As he ate his dinner, I thanked him for being such a good, patient horse on my first day. His tail swished as he munched.
And I was delighted.