I finally made it out to the barn today, which definitely brightened my week. I share a car with my parents so my time was limited but I wanted to make the most of it.
When I got out to the barn Achates was covered in with 5 days worth of mud, poop and other unmentionables. I could have cared less, as soon as I got him inside I gave him a huge hug, and I could tell he was just as happy. I decided to just clean him up a bit and make him look like an actual horse instead of a wildebeest.
Yes, I would have preferred to ride but I had just as much fun brushing him off. Achates was sassy as ever propping up one of his legs and arching his neck, begging for treats. I loved every minute of it and I was struck by the transformation he has gone through since we’ve been together. Before he couldn’t stand to be brushed or fussed over and now he was reveling in it. I was more than happy to give him the attention he deserved.
Tomorrow I’ll finally get to ride and while I’m completely ecstatic about it I’m happy that I had a day to reconnect with my horse without the pressures of training. I think sometimes it’s all to easy for me to get caught up in the results of where I’m going so having a day like this was a pleasant relief. I just got to be a girl with her horse, without a care in the world, and I loved every second of it.