(Beautiful Girl, at the start of our journey, 2008)
I like to think
it was some great,
meant to be
why this one,
not that one?
You can feel
the magnetic draw
what is that,
if not destiny?
My husband is what we jokingly call a pathological optimist--he only sees one path--and that is the path of success. It's a great characteristic, because he believes he can do anything. Projects always cost more, last longer, and have all kinds of surprises, but he gets them done. If he were to see all the other paths, he'd procrastinate and never start a job. Instead, he jumps full force into it. I love that about him.
Unlike him, I see many paths, failure and success, but I always think there's a way to get to the path of success. Like my last post on wrinkles. I'm okay with aging and wrinkles, and I don't think I'm going to stop that process (wouldn't want to), but I'm willing to search for ways to make the natural process a healthier one, even a more beautiful one.
More to the point, Beautiful Girl. I get that she bucks, and I think that her reactivity will always be in there, but I just can't give up on making our journey a more beautiful one. I contacted the first trainer who helped me with Leah-- Regina. She is one of the best I know. Hands down. She has taught lessons for at least thirty years. She has run the pony club and youth 4H clubs. She's highly respected and sought after. And she is a stickler at finding the holes--a MUST when training kids and horses together.
I messaged her to set up a lesson for me and Beautiful Girl. She knows a little about her because I had wanted to start lessons with her and BG years ago, but I was unsure about loading her back then. We talked a lot about her, but she hasn't had an update in four years. A lot has happened.
My message: I'll tell you all about her then (Friday). We've had some "interesting" things occur in our journey.
Regina: They are a lot of fun that way. They certainly show you what they understand and what they don't. I look forward to meeting her.
Thus, a new journey begins.
Can you teach what is now an older mustang new tricks? I have to believe yes.
In January this year, one of my resolutions was to memorize the music I play. Here I was 51, and trying to commit long complicated pieces to memory--could it be done? Well, since then I have memorized Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen, Alla Turca by Mozart, Fantasy in D Minor (Mozart), most of the Venetian Boat Song (Mendelssohn), and I'm part way through Mozart's Sonata K545. I've also memorized some of my own songs, which I previously could only play from my manuscripts.
So yes, I'd say you can teach an old mustang, and human, NEW tricks!
I want to give a shout out to horse daughters. I have a gazillion riding buddies, but when push comes to shove, it is always my daughter who is there to ride with me. I so love my daughter. She and I are riding this afternoon when she gets off work.
Cowgirl is her horse. She bought her and has paid her way from day one. Cowgirl had a mystery lameness about four days ago. We brought her in, couldn't find heat or swelling, so we soaked her for an abscess, had the farrier come out and hoof test. Nothing. Then it went away. So, we'll see what that's about today. Hoping it doesn't reappear.
I am so thankful to have a horse daughter. I have high hopes for my horse granddaughters, too.