Back in August, I bought myself a sweet and very pretty little QH mare named She’s My Keepsake, or Mya for short. While she is a very willing, kind girl, we have been having some issues lately that I find to be quiet frustrating.
She’s older, not been ridden much and is very, VERY stiff. As I am slowly finding out, it takes about 30 minutes of conditioning to get her to loosen up and if I skip this step then our ride quality plummets.
I’m a young-twenties re-rider coming off of a six year equestrian hiatus due to work and college. Also, due to being absolutely flat broke until recently (although my addiction to tack and all things horse related might be sending me back that way). I work anywhere from a 45 hour to a 65 hour work week depending on whether or not I am running motorcycle safety classes that week or not which tends to leave me tired and lacking time for the rest of my life, let alone horsey. Finding a balance has so far been a struggle. Especially since next to horses and motorcycles, my next favorite things are sleep and food which are unfortunately, terribly time consuming hobbies.
Reading this, you might wonder why in the world I would then bring a horse in to the picture but really the answer is simple. Horses make me happy and prior to purchasing Mya, I was feeling rather depressed. Work had me in a slump, slave to the S.S.D.D. (Same shit, different day) philosophy that tends to wear you down. Motorcycles and my loving boyfriend helped, but nothing seemed to fill the hole quite like I knew a horse would. Thus having money on my side finally, I went on the search that led me to Mya.
As we begin to become more used to each other and working as a team, and as I begin to find more time and consistency to training schedule, I will be posting updates and stories about my dive back in to the equestrian world. :)