Just as the title would lead you to believe, I am in love...with a big, long-legged redhead....yes, you guessed it - my new mare. I am absolutely smitten. It is so funny, because for so long, I had started to think I might be (gasp!) lazy..or losing interest in riding...or a combination of the two. The truth is, I had lost so much of the enjoyment in riding. Delilah and I just never clicked. I had an early foundation of distrust in her, and she had a history of being "lied" to, and it was just a bad combination. I believe I learned from and overcame what I needed to in the situation, and thankfully conquered the fear issues before I sold her. However, it was far past time to move on.
So here I am, moving on, and reveling in every moment. I find myself so excited to get to the barn and ride. I find it HARD to give her a day off, instead of a relief that I don't HAVE to go work her. I have been schooling with no stirrups for a portion of my ride every night this week, because I am so determined to get back into shape. Tuesday night I worked over fences for a bit, and even finished up with a great canter over our little log jump and stone wall in the cross country course. Last night I had slated for flatwork, so I took away the stirrups for the majority of the ride, and even ended up cantering without stirrups. I can't remember the last time I did that! I even hopped a crossrail, on April, the SUPER forward mare, with no stirrups. And when she tore off excitedly afterwards, instead of freaking out, I sat up, tightened my core, and she came right back to me.
I'm in love. With a mare. And I am absolutely, positively, without a doubt, in heaven!