Pie's foot is finally healed enough to ride. It is a very good thing, too, because he has become quite the lively lime without his proper exercise. I had not ridden him since last Wednesday and he has found all sorts of ways to get into trouble! Yesterday the sun was out and the humidity gone - hooray- so I hopped on for a small jaunt. Actually, I rode him bareback for the first time! I've ridden Sovereign bareback, but not the big boy. I didn't intend to ride him bareback yet - especially his first day back (I am not that crazy), but it just sort of happened. I was grazing him and he was itchy from the bugs and wanted to roll every couple of minutes. Mom handed me the Bitless Bridle and said she would give me a leg up. I agreed that it would be kinder to him without the weight of the saddle in case his foot was at all sore. I figured that I could bail quickly and he wouldn't break my saddle tree if he did end up dropping to roll. I walked him around the fences and out into our big field. The wind was blowing the tall hay grasses and it seemed like I was out on a western prairie. His long mane and foretop were blowing in the breeze and the sun was so lovely! Oh, I felt like the luckiest person in the world at that moment!
Our cheerful cousin, Glenda, a talented writer and dedicated blog follower, stopped by Honeysuckle Faire in time to see us head out for our ride. In addition, my sweet Maizie, who has been battling a stomach virus, was well enough to come to the barn. It was really a great day. I told Glenda to come back in late June to smell the fragrant Honeysuckle when they bloom, but I was wrong! I smelled their sweetness last evening!!!