Horse shopping is a pain, which I mentioned in Part 1 of this horse story.
I decided to let a trainer help me find my next horse. Smart move on my part. She matched me up with Cricket, a little 12-year-old Morgan mare. Yep, another mare. Little did she know, Miss Cricket was going to help me cross off some things on my bucket list.
I started taking lessons for a Dressage show. I didn’t care much for Dressage but I had tried it on the Arabian mare, back in my twenties, and I wanted to take it further to see if I liked it. I didn’t, but it’s a good foundation for riding, anyhow. My ultimate goal was to dabble in jumping, nothing serious. As a child, I had taken a lot of jumping lessons, but only showed on the flat. I never took those jumping lessons to the show ring, and I wanted to experience that feeling of accomplishment after all these years. I also did a lot of trail riding with my husband.
The best part of having a horse is that they are such a great stress reliever! I looked forward to escaping to the barn and hitting the trail after work everyday – no traffic, no email, just one with the horse, and the view between the ears on the trail. Ahhhhh… my idea of Serenity!
I will tell you if Cricket helped me with the bucket list, in Part 3.