Thursday, June 18, 2009

The thing about horses and peanut butter cookies...

I had my first English riding lesson today. It was fun...and yet hard at the same time! I'm so used to riding on a western saddle and going to an English saddle was a bit of a transition. I felt more, felt the horse a lot more, the stirrups were looser. I had to actually use my leg muscles! Who'd a thunk? I have to actually work harder now. Lol! My trainer Donna was WONDERFUL. She was so encouraging and made me feel so good even if I couldn't get my posting in rhythm quite yet. She encouraged me like a mother encouraging her son or daughter no matter how sloppy he or she looked. :) I loved it though and it was so fulfilling! I will be taking weekly lessons from here on out so I will try to keep you updated.

Back up a bit, when I first got there I was the only one around. Just me....and the horses. I had eyes all around me. Checking me out. Wondering who this new stranger was. It was such a peaceful feeling. Just me...and them. I got to visit with many of the horses that were boarded there. This is what greeted me. :)

I could have sworn I heard him say his name was Mr. Ed...

And this sweet boy...

And these two sweeties...

And after my lesson, I treated myself to this. Geez, I can't even make the real stuff anymore. I have so many things going on I have to settle for instant!


And I christened my little single cupcake stand with a single, comforting, peanut butter cookie....just for me. :)

And so the thing about horses and peanut butter cookies? Well, they're just good for the soul. :)

21 comments:

Anya said...

HEHE
I have never ride on a horse ;)
Its funny I think !!
I wish you the best with your lessons.....
goodnight & sleep well

Anya :)
Kareltje give hugs to all
=^.^=

Moonspinner said...

You be sore tomorrow honey!! But it's worth it, the horse are gorgeous!

I just loved the christening of the cookie stand, classic! xx

Coastal Sisters said...

What beautiful horses!

I rode only once when I was little and the horse ran up under a tree and I fell off so I never got back on. I am too skeerd!!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Maggi said...

Those horses are so beautiful! And instant or from scratch, at least you have peanut butter cookies, that's what's important! lol

City Girl said...

Maggi is exactly right - from scratch or from a mix, at least youhave cookies :)

Lisa said...

Who told you those were instant? Anything requiring an oven IS homemade.:)

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Hi Michelle,

I'm so happy for you! First off I know exactly how you felt :) I've been riding English all my life and I've also been a trainer and instructor for some 15 years before I got into Interior Design. I grew up with 2 horses and wouldn't have it any other way. They are beautiful animals and riding is a very special hobby :)

Don't worry, you'll get the hang of the saddle and be amazed at how much harder you have to work, but your right, you are much more in tune to the horse when you ride on an English saddle. It puts up so much more closer to them and they feel everything too! What fun! I hope you have great lessons and enjoy! The posting will only take you a few weeks and you'll get it :) Just make sure you're on the correct diagonal :) lol, I don't know if they taught you that yet, but they will :)

Enjoy your cookies too, no worries, you'll burn em off Riding :)

Have a great weekend kiddo! Hugs, Cynthia

Heather said...

lol, yes i do believe they are both good for the soul. beautiful horses! i know nothing about riding horses so i have no idea what either saddle looks like, lol.

Randi Troxell said...

beautiful photos!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Awww, love the sweet horse pictures. Did you know horses have a sweet tooth? My DIL has a horse & brings him muffins. He's always so happy to see her.

PB cookies look so good & love the sweet little pedestal. ☺ diane

Nora Johnson said...

Hi Michelle!

Many thanks for stopping by! So pleased you enjoyed the fun!

Commented back to you at my place that I'd be back to read through your earlier posts that look so inviting & interesting!

Have a great weekend!

LOL LOLA & Nora:)

LillySue said...

Awwww~ What a bunch of cuties!! I love pb cookies too. I need to create a gluten free version!
Blessings~LillySue

the ungourmet said...

I have never ridden with an English Saddle. It does sound a lot different. Those horses do look very sweet.

Love the PB cookies too!

jen said...

You know how to enjoy the moment!!

jen

Neabear said...

You always have such crazy titles that I have to come and see what the heck you talking about here. Sounds like you had a great time though.

Bunny Missbrenner said...

Ha, Ha...your funny!

My daughter who has taken English lessons for about 3 years, suddenly decides she wants to learn western. She said the exact thing you said...except the opposite. Does that make sense?

I don't ride, but I like the look of English and the cowboys of western...YA HOO!

tootles,
bunny

Pam said...

You lucky girl...there is something so graceful and majestic about horses, I love being around them. Peanut butter cookies dipped in milk would be really tasty right now.

Melissa said...

Looks like you made some great new friends.

That's the same way I make cookies, too.

Melissa

fiberdoodles said...

What a fun day! Your new furry friends are beautiful! I can't wait to hear more.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Sharon

Rainy Day Farm said...

Good luck with your lessons. English is a bit tricky. I always feel like I am going over the horses neck!?!
PB cookies are always good for the soul.

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