Monday, July 18, 2011

Still Hurting!

1980 Castle Hill Show - Me on the Grey & Carolyn Spencer on the Palomino 

I actually grew up riding horses and from the age of six had to get 10 out of 10 in my spelling tests to have my weekly lesson.  It hasn't helped my spelling ability!   

Over twenty years have past since I've ridden on a weekly basis and to think I had an hour lesson on Friday and I'm still hurting!    I must admit hopping into the saddle was as fun as it was frightening.....falling a breaking a bone in my 40s wasn't something on the agenda.  Luckily I didn't fall but I do have muscles that I don't remember ever having had before!   As much as I wasn't the one trotting or cantering, riding is exhausting exercise!  

Izzy is a mad keen little rider with a great seat but she lacks confidence. Friday was hopefully the first of many lesson for me, at Highlands Equestrian Centre, to regain my confidence.  I feel within 12months I'll be helping Izzy with her own horse. 

It is a truly wonderful thing that Izzy and I can share this together because so many daughters distance themselves from their mothers in their teen years, which are approaching quickly.  I can only hope that doing the horse thing together will strengthen our bond of love and friendship. 

Feeling Blessed............SP


  1. I think horse riding as a young girl is the most wonderful thing and if you can do it together, even better. My sister and I had a horse each as youngsters, about age 10 and spent every weekend riding around together on our farm in Wyong. We then got into breeding Arabians and showing at halter, until I lost interest when boys became more appealing as a teenager. My Dad was then stuck with about 20 horses when we both took off overseas after school and he started carriage driving. That was until a near fatal accident and he took up golf instead. We have one of those horses left, the others all recently died. I can't wait for my kids to be old enough to ride and get into the whole horsey thing. It's a wonderful hobby and great for kids. I'm hoping to get back in the saddle again too as I miss it.

  2. Sarah, I think that your relationship with your daughter is good, because you are pretty special!