Horses were a big part of my childhood. I was a horse-crazy little girl who worked on my family farm to save money to attend horse camp and buy a horse. I was a member of horse 4-H club for over 10 years. When I turned 10, I bought Nutmeg, a Morgan/Quarter Horse cross,who I owned for eight years.
Then, once I went to college and sold Nutmeg, I didn’t really ride that much. Horses stopped being the big deal that they once were. Here and there I would go for a ride, and one summer I rode a crazy horse that was recovering from a broken leg, but besides that, my life was pretty much horse free.
And I was okay with that. I had other interests, including traveling and living abroad, which made owning a horse difficult. Plus horses are expensive to buy and maintain.
However, two days after Christmas I went with my cousin and her kids to take a riding lesson as part of the girls’ Christmas present. Not only was it fun to watch her horse-crazy kids have such a great time, but it was good to get back on a horse again and have everything come back.
Plus, as an added bonus, I got to see Nutmeg! As we were leaving my grandmother’s house that morning, she told me that Nutmeg was usually boarded at the farm we were going to during the winter so I asked the owner, and after the lesson she brought me out to see her. It wasn’t any sort of glorious reunion, Nutmeg pretty much ate the treats I gave her and then was done (she was never a particularly friendly horse) but at least I got to see her. She was also afraid of the camera, so I only got one pretty terrible photo.
I can’t say I’ll be rushing out to buy another horse right away, but it made me realize that horse back riding is something I still love, and maybe someday I will get back into it.