... but I rode my horse for 4 hours today and it was Fabulous!!
And anyone that says horseback riding is not exercise, has never had to catch a horse, haul a saddle, and all that good kind of stuff. And riding itself, you use muscles for balance that you didnt even know you have!! Well I am reminded of a few of them this evening. ugghh.
But it was a blast!! I wish I would have had my camera for you! I have lived here for 13 years, and in this area all my life, and have never ridden through the old rock quarry, about an hour ride from my house by horseback. It was spectacular!! We rode above it, and through it, and up through this pass just wide enough for a horse (well an ATV could make it if the rocks were cleared) Anyways, just gorgeous!
We saw deer, turkey, hawks, and of course the curious herd of cows. There was also this donkey that wanted to tag along with us :)
We were scouting out a trail for my saddle club ride next month, so lots of bending like a pretzel to trim tree limbs. I had my little folding hand saw too. I am going to be sore tomorrow, but I love being a trail blazer. On my horse, and in my life. I had just supressed that attribute under layers and layers of fat.
Anyways, I love riding my horse. It is the most therapeutic thing that I can do for myself. And I havent shared it with y'all yet, but I am going to start a non-profit riding center for kids, At-Risk youth and underprivilaged/disadvantaged youth. I have shared my horses with others on trail rides, and disconnected families with disrespectful teens would come here and ride and within an hour, the transformation is phenominal! I have been thinking about it for many years, but I am at a place now where I want to push forward. I have made new friends here that have pushed and inspired me on many levels. Losing weight has given me my confidence back, my aspirations back. It has helped me to see that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to.
Anyways..... will save that for another day, but I am so glad that I started this journey. I had given up riding my horse. I weighed more than the "weight limits' although my horse is built like a tank, riding and socializing with my friends was the last thing I wanted to do. However back when I was taking ppl for rides daily, I lost 30 pounds effortlessly, so I know horseback riding is great exercise.
But then the fire and weight gain and all that sad story. Not my purpose of this blog this evening. This is a happy blog :)
God has blessed me with friends, and families, beautiful countryside to ride on and these horses in my care. Amazing creatures and so willing and giving. Riding takes me to another place mentally and spiritually - a place of calm and serene, and just the ability to think, to be a sponge and soak up all the goodness of the day. I always come home a rejuvenated person.
I would hope that everyone has some sort of outlet like this. It might be singing, or dancing, or walking, or running, or playing outside with your children - just whatever it is that you enjoy, do it with Passion. Do it with all the fiber of your being. And For Pete's sake take your health in your hands so that you can do these things and enjoy doing these things, and are able to do them for a long time hopefully into old age. And maybe you don't know what that passion is yet, but get your health on the right track so that you can think clearly, be in less pain, and are more receptive and open to all the possibilities. Nurture your body with good whole foods and nurture your soul with whatever it is that you discover you are Passionate about.
For the inquiring minds that want to know. I am VERY sore today. haha. My quads especially. My horse is half walking horse, but the paint horse half did a fair about of bouncy trotting rather than his nice smooth gait, so I was trying to post. I havent used those muscles for awhile. And my tushy is sore ha Needless to say, I didnt get much t-tapping done today though I did a little, and I think I need to save my tabata for tomorrow.