Monday, July 30, 2007

Back in the Saddle

Cherokee & me at the end of the trail.

Darling Husband and I went away for the weekend, to the mahvelous Four Mile Creek B&B outside Glenwood Springs. Just up the road is the Sunlight Mountain Ski Area, which has a stable with trail rides. Friday afternoon, I screwed up my courage and told DH I wanted to go for a ride, and asked whether he'd like to go too.

He was: (1) not horrified by my wish; (2) game to go along (he'd ridden maybe three other times in his entire life). My Hero!

So on Saturday morning I heaved myself up onto Cherokee, a dead calm draft-quarter horse cross, and with DH aboard her boyfriend Butler, we went with about 10 other tenderfeet for a leisurely trek up the mountain and back down again.

It was SO wonderful to be on horseback again. I like neck-reining--I used my left hand, as the right one remains partly numb--but I still much prefer an English saddle and stirrups.

Now for more riding...AFTER I buy a super-deluxe helmet, per DH's vehement suggestion. I've had three horse-caused concussions and my poor brain can't take any more.


Katharine said...

Way to go, Bella!

Beth said...

Bella, You don't know me, but I found your blog via Miss Snark (long may she wear her stilleto heels), and I enjoy reading your posts. I, too, have had a horse-caused concussion, and one was one too many. Since then, I've always worn a helmet. Well, I was wearing one when I got the concussion, but it was an old style hunt cap and not much protection. The ones I wear now are much better, even if they look dorky.

It's been years since I read Chamber of Secrets. What great quotes. Now you make want to go back and comb through the entire series.

Bella Stander said...

All my concussions were while riding a helmet. The first was in a hunt cap--which I think may have caused the concussion, as I fell in deep sand and was bruised right where the unpadded edge hit my left occiput. The second was in a schooling helmet and the last was in a eventing helmet. Despite its excellent padding, I got a whacking great bruise and nerve damage on the right side of my skull.

Note to non-horse people:
No, I'm not out of my mind for wanting to go riding again.

Katie Alender said...

Good for you, Bella!

Kim Stagliano said...

Wow. I looked at that photo and got a chill. It sounds sappy - but I am very proud of you for mounting that horse. Wow.

Bella Stander said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm going on another trail ride in the morning. Couldn't get the bloodstains out of my helmet cover; they'll give me a raffish air--and remind me to Be Very Careful. (As if I'd ever forget!)

Christine Fletcher said...

Woot, woot! Congratulations, Bella!

And kudos to your DH for going with you. The last time my sweetie agreed to ride with me, his horse tried to rub him off on a manzanita bush.