I came into today’s lesson with a sore behind from being on sea doos at the lake for the 4th. I wasn’t sure how pleasant (or rather not) the lesson would be. On top of that, I’ve been thinking about stopping lessons here for a while so that I can just go riding. There are many places in the area that let you take 1 hour horseback rides through various hills, trails, etc. My schedule and budget wouldn’t allow for both, and I feel this is what I’m meant to do next. I wasn’t sure how to tell my instructor that though – because that would mean lessening on lessons with her.
We went into the large arena. Marigold and I have a good rhythm at trotting speed, widening the circle, and make turns now. Even with me steering without my instructor holding the lead rope. Marigold was started a few times by a cawing crow, tripping, and what not, which made for another interesting adventure.
At the end of the lesson, I placed her into a stable and then we just stood there facing each other. She was nuzzling me and there was a point where her nose and my mouth almost touched. I understand that the nose/mouth area of a horse is like hands of a human, so I found this to be very special and intimate. I told Marigold that I loved her and this continued, and then we both went on our way.
I don’t know where to go from here. Do I continue taking lessons when I can the rest of this summer? Do I instead go for rides? Do I continue at all? I had recently made a promise to myself to let myself be led by horses, but I feel that I don’t know which way or where to go at this point. Will let it settle a bit and see.