I posted pictures from my week of riding horses in Wyoming on the Columbia Family Acupuncture Facebook Page.
This was my first experience riding a horse, and it was quite an adventure! On the first day we were fitted for our saddles and described our riding level (virtual beginner for me) which helped the “wranglers” select the correct horse. For the next week, we, and our horses, explored the amazing Wyoming countryside together. I learned to trust that my horse would find his way along the steep trails. I had been told by others that despite their size, horses are amazingly sensitive.
Nervousness from the rider has an immediate effect on the horse. I inadvertently tested this out a couple of times. Mutual calm seemed like an absolute necessity. Staying calm required staying “in the moment,” paying constant attention to what was going on around me. This became a wonderful exercise in self awareness.
The trails presented many challenges including inclines, altitude, logs, stones, weather, other horses, other animals, protruding branches, etc. The horses appeared to be fully aware of their bodies at all times, making careful decisions based on memory of the trails and continual assessment of the best footing.
Over the week, I learned when to trust and when to give some helpful direction. It turned into a real partnership. Very special.
Wishing you all the best,