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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wet horses smell good.


Riding in the rain-- there's nothing like it.

Today I loved the faces of my neighbors --whose house is adjacent to the heavily wooded trails on which I ride-- as they watched Chester and I gallop past their pasture: a soaked girl clinging onto the saddle-less back of a drenched, wild-eyed horse.

Back story: Max was very wet-- he isn't locked in his stall and can walk in and out, taking advantage of his shelter as he chooses. Being about as contrary as I am, he chooses to stay outside and get wet.

Chester, however, had been in his stall all morning and was eager to play in the rain with his buddy. I grabbed a bridle and squelched through the mud to reach him, then, after slipping the bit into his mouth, I unfastened the stall door and hopped on.

We were up to our ears in rain and bliss, hanging out bareback. We headed down to the woods for a bit of riding.

He surprised me when he started galloping-- I'd only asked him for a canter. It was so ...plummy, to borrow a word from Laurie... that we couldn't stop.

Plummy. Just plummy.

Thank you, Chester, for the ride today.

9 comments:

MoonShaw said...

Oh wow!! Must have been really... something out of normal! At least, for me. Glad you enjoyed it!
Galloping in the rain... Hm, sounds great.

Problematic said...

Sounds like you had a jolly old time! ::is happy for Gray:
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Katherine Sophia said...

That sounds sooo fun... grrr. Now I'm jealous. :D

Ivorydancer said...

I love the smell of horses.... personally >_>

Evergreena said...

*sigh* It sounds wonderful.

The only time I ever got to gallop on my own horse was when she was bolting-- out of control. She was a good horse, but... headstrong. Oh well.

Hannah said...

That sounds like so much fun....I wish I had a horse. :)

Argentia said...

I've only ridden a horse twice, both at a walk, but I bet it's great fun to ride at a gallop.

Gwyn said...

Ooooh I LOVE riding in the rain!{when it does...} But my horse hates getting her face wet, sooo she tries to buck me off so she can go back in the barn.. Oh, Shyanne.... :)

Tessa/Lorenias said...

Wish I had a horse to ride in the rain with...Breyers aren't very good riding! LOL I love the pic. Did you take it?