This year we left Pennsylvania on December 10th for our annual holiday in sunny Florida. Last year I missed Baja and riding in general so much that I would run on the beach everyday and pretend that I was riding him! It was so sad. A 41 year-old woman acting like a schoolgirl with a bad horse crush! This year I joined a Florida horse forum online before we left Pennsylvania and amazingly was invited by a member to exercise her horses. I brought my helmet, jeans, and boots in case it actually worked out. Well, it did work out!! It has been fabulous! Everyone at the barn is so nice! I ride a chestnut Thoroughbred mare named "Red" and a sweet Appy gelding named "Emmett". I rode them both with saddles and now it is so hot that I am riding them bareback. I am in heaven. My Christmas Day afternoon was spent under the Live Oaks bareback on Red giving her handfuls of Spanish Moss that I could reach from overhead and listening to her sweet munching which sounded exactly like the Black Stallion munching sea grasses on the island with the boy.