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Miles in Black and White

I Love My Horse

Do you ever have a ride where nothing particularly amazing happens — no light bulb moment or great accomplishment — yet you hop off and are overwhelmed with love for your horse? That’s the kind of ride I had last night. Nothing out of the ordinary, no “ah ha!” moment, we didn’t jump very high or tackle a difficult course; yet when I got off and gave Miles a kiss like I always do, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for this amazing animal.

Let me start from the beginning: last night I had my first lesson in… over a month, at least. I haven’t jumped in just as long and after a series of ‘meh’ rides, I was really looking forward to getting back to what we both love: cantering over sticks. I didn’t come into the lesson with any expectations, there wasn’t a specific goal I had in mind or even a particular skill I wanted to work on. I just wanted to jump. So we did.

Miles at Takeoff

Things started off rusty: my position wasn’t great, I didn’t see my distances and overall our jumping efforts were lackluster. Apparently after romping in the mud, a 2′ fence doesn’t elicit much excitement from Mr. Miles, even though he hasn’t seen a fence in 30 days. But as usual, the more we jumped, the better things got. Our momentum kept building and I remembered how to ride again. I kept my weight down in my heels, stretched up through my core and looked beyond the fence.

Our last course was over 2’3″ verticals, but it felt effortless and easy. I got some short spots and some long spots, but Miles and I hit everything where we planned to [no surprises!] and we really flowed well together. We finished with a great jump off our tough left lead that was just spectacular! Afterย some walking to cool down, I dismounted and realized just how far this horse and I have come together. It took 30 minutes for us to go from ground poles to confidently and competently jumping a 2’3″ course. We chipped in, we left long and all of it was just fine; not sketchy or scary whatsoever.

Miles in Black and White

A year ago, this would not have beenย possible. This horse and I, we just click. I love the best parts of him and even the worst parts have become… him. Miles wouldn’t me Miles without his patented grumpy upward canter transitions every once in a while. And I love him for it.


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25 thoughts on “I Love My Horse

  1. i love this post!! that’s what it’s all about – having a great ride that is great for reasons beyond just putting every foot down perfectly ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It is just so amazing when you have that heart horse. I love how you are mindful of what your horse brings to the table and appreciates the partnership involved, the give and take necessary to be a truly great duo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wow that is awesome! There is no feeling in the world like the “We just click” feeling. It is totally what we do this for. So happy for you and Miles! You are a great team ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. It is SO nice to have a horse that you love. It can be so sad to own a horse that you aren’t clicking with and want out of the relationship. Its so good to have those rides that validate why you still love what (and who) you love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. That’s a feeling that can never be replaced. Even when you’re laying in a pile of jump poles holding your horse’s bridle in one hand and a naked pony staring at you saying… “You gonna get up now?” while standing out in the middle of an open field. I don’t think I’ve ever hugged that horse so much in my life. <3 you guys.

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