For the Love of HORSES!

This weekend is my younger sisters birthday. Actually her birthday was Friday 9/14 and she was born in the best month as fall approaches, I LOVE fall, probably my favorite time of year. It’s a toss-up between fall and spring with the other two seasons right behind. I would not mind living where there were more distinct seasons, a colder winter, maybe even a little snow. It would be great fun to live where the pace was slower, a bit more relaxed and not so crazy like it is here where there are just waaayyy too many people in Southern California!

Happy Birthday Sharon! As I ramble on about other things, how my mind does that as I try to put thoughts down, and I do it in person as we were changing subjects today when my best friend and I were enjoying each others company at the barn. We ramble on from one subject to the next and then back again! Haha, I think it’s a girl thing, so I apologise to those who find my writings crazy or off topic sometimes. I do edit, and try to fix it if it’s too off topic but I haven’t written in a while so I have lots of stuff ruminating in my mind! My sister Sharon and I have had a love story for horses, I know she misses me as much as I miss her and we shared so much together and one of the biggest things we shared were our horses!! So I dedicate this blog to my sister Sharon as I envisioned her on our beautiful trail ride today with my best friend Sally. The weather was amazing, sunny and just right and I want to share with you the photos I took of this blessed day in the saddle!  😀

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I just stare at this photo, the LOVE for my girl Miss Chloe is hard to describe. It is a lot like owning a dog, as they display unconditional love like dogs do and the bonds you form are the same as they see you walk onto the property they whinny for you as they walk around their stall anxiously waiting for you to take them out for what ever you will be doing with them for that day. They are so willing to please, and consistency is so important with these large animals. She knows we will go to arena for a turn out or a turn out and a trail ride. Today was trail ride day, she knows I have apple treats as she reaches for one in the next photo!

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She is so adorable, fun, trusting, pretty as a princess! Her and I are like peas and carrots, knowing each other like we can read each others minds. Actually, they can read your body language, very, very well. So we head out on the trail and Sally and I on her pretty mare Gracie walk along our trails as we catch up on our busy week we had. We talked about how many trail rides we have been on over the last 40 years we have known each other and we figured it to be something like 5,000 trail rides!! That’s just so awesome!  ❤

I have probably written before about how I have adopted Zack and today I rode him on the trail by myself as I have two horses and Sally only has one. Occasionally, I am able to hook up with another rider at our barn, but the timing didn’t happen today so I just went on a second trail ride alone on Zack. I did not go as far on Zack, but I took some photos as I thought it would be fun to share and since it is my sister’s birthday weekend, he was her horse for many years. I adopted him from her since she moved to Idaho. She didn’t want to bring him for several different reasons one of the biggest was he was diagnosed with EPM. He is all healthy now as he has been treated and is doing great! He and I have formed a nice bond too. It will be three years soon that I have owned him and Chloe and Zack are best friends too!!

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He is such a handsome boy, he is looking for treats too. Okay, I know I spoil my horses but they are easy to spoil. I do it in a way where we still have mutual respect for each other. Here he is looking like he is winking at me, I think he chews the side of his tongue and lately a lot of my photos I’m catching them with them blinking. Oh well, I’m going to share anyways! 😀 😀 😀

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For the love of horses, they are amazing animals. I absolutely love everything about them. I can groom them for hours, I love the smell of the barn, the hay, the leather in the tack room. I could be there all day, cleaning tack, cleaning stalls, I am not there all day but I can spend a good half a day there on my days off. I could easily get back into competitive riding, but I do not own horses that are able to compete. I know I have that drive in me, but I am also very happy that I am able to do what I can with the horses I own and trail riding and light arena riding is doable and absolutely FUN. They truly make my life rich, and I feel like I am living a dream. Thank you for reading my fun-filled day with my ponies and my friends at the barn! I know my sister is having a wonderful birthday weekend enjoying it with her family up in Idaho. LOVE you sister, love to all my family who live all over these United States. I hope you all had a great weekend too!  ❤

Loving Horses forever,

-Diana