Saturday, September 08, 2007

shhhhh....c'mere....I have a secret....

I did something today...something I had not done in a long time. But was SO fun...and it was CHILDLESS...and it was decadent. I did have a lot of fun, and I shared it with a few others.

Wanna guess?
It involved this:

And this:

Any guesses?

Well, THIS should give it away:

Yup...that's a STIRRUP....and it belongs on THIS:

And THAT was on THIS:

Yes, that is her name. I went riding today, for the first time in a LONG, LONG time...and I loved it. My horse, Secret was about 15 hands tall, with lots of spirit. But I was able to handle her without problems.

It all started when Ginny, one of the band spouses, asked if any of us were interested in going riding. We had a nice little group of 4 (though we could have had 5, but a "non-band wife" was supposed to come and she cancelled at the last minute). Kim C., Laura A., Ginny H., and myself. We had 3 riders from the ranch with us too. Ginny had NO experience riding (but in the end, I think she had the MOST fun of us all). We gathered this morning at MWR and they drove us to the ranch. We were assigned horses and got used to them in the arena, and then they took us out onto the open prairie.

My view - the softest ears around!

Wild Sunflowers are in bloom all over Kansas

One of the many beautiful vistas on the Kansas Prairie
The Band Gang: Ginny, Laura, Kim and Me

Tagalong rider - a grasshopper rests on the toe of my boot. He stayed there for quite awhile, too!

We rode for the better part of an hour and all enjoyed ourselves. We learned a bit about the prairie from our trail guide and just had a really nice time. The weather was perfect, with a nice breeze and cooler temps in the morning. All in all, I think we all had fun, and we all want to go back again!

Back at the stables after our ride, while waiting to dismount.

Pretty Secret - takes a well-deserved rest


Butterfly Wife said...

WOW! That looks like a great time.

Debbie said...

What fun, LInda! The county looks lovely there. Isn't it fun to do some "kidless" activities once in a while?

Sue said...

Aw, you just reminded me that I really need to get on a horse sometime soon. But first I am trying YOGA this week LOL -- one thing at a time :)

LoveMyTanker said...

That is so awesome. I am glad that ya'll had a great time. I just love horses!!

Christy said...

That's one thing I can't wait for when we move back home. My brother has horses, but Chad and I plan on buying a couple once we get our house bought or built, if we find a place out in the country like we want! I am a country girl and I'm just really missing the quiet peace of the quietness that Kansas brings. It was so nice to see pictures of home! Which ranch did you go to?

Berry Patch said...

That looks like a lot of fun! My mom has horses although I don't ride all that often. My niece does though - thus the horses. So, were you SORE the next day??? Be honest! :-)