For years, the cacophony in my head about all the woulda, coulda, shoulda’s reigned. Due to circumstances in my life, there wasn’t a lot of me time allotted in my day. I put what I wanted to do on the back burner while I helped others. My life was turned upside down with a series of deaths, divorce, illness and trying to get through the days.
I have always wanted to learn to horseback ride. For years, my sons and I would drive past the horse farms and I would routinely say how much I wanted to learn to ride. I tried getting them to go on a trail ride with me, but neither had any interest.
Now that things in my life are steadier, I finally decided to do something for me that I had been wanting to do for a long time. Yesterday, I had my first lesson with Charlie the horse.
I was nervous at first. Horses in my mind were these beautiful gentle souls, but not so big! As you can see in the photo, he’s much bigger than me, which at first, was a little daunting. As it was, to brush his mane, I had to get up on tiptoes!
Sharing the love with Charlie
I think Charlie likes ‘cookies’ as much as I do!
I realized afterwards how much I haven’t been living my life to its fullest potential. I was staying small and not trying what I really wanted to do. Although I only walked Charlie yesterday, it was a good, healing, connecting start to a new chapter in my life.
The barn atmosphere was lovely. The people I met were kind, accepting and helpful. I felt a peace within when I left after my first lesson. It’s as if a soul healing has begun in me that is deeper than I’ve felt in a long time. I’m so grateful for the whole experience and I can’t wait for my next lesson!
I hope you won’t mind if I post occasionally about my Charlie. Yes, he’s my Charlie now. Like me, he’s had some hard times in the past. He has scars that are healing too. He’s not as young as he used to be, but he has a big ole heart and is open to friendship.
Any horse peeps out there? I’m obviously a newbie so please feel free to share any tips, advice, experiences because I’m all ears!
What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon with Charlie!