I have documented my mother's riding abilities in this blog before. You can see her jumping here and here. Now, though, she is doing the thing that is often taken for granted in the horse world - EXCELLENT HORSEKEEPING. While I am away, each morning my mom has been feeding, turning out, cleaning stalls, scrubbing inside buckets, breaking the thick ice and scrubbing outside buckets and then doing it all over again in the evenings. As all of you know, these tasks are difficult in nice weather. She has been doing this in the bitter cold of our Pennsylvania winter.
The thing that is often forgotten in a horsekeeping story like this is the subtleties of horsemanship that is necessary to do this job well. Not only do you have to have the physical stamina to clean stalls and buckets, but you have to have the quiet, calm horse knowledge to lead hot Thoroughbreds safely around the barn and pastures. My mother has both. Pie and Sovereign have been perfect angels for her because she knows how to finesse them into being good. This is something that you can only learn over many years with horses. I pray that horses are still part of my life when I am 66 years old and that I am as able, then, as my mother is now. She is my inspiration.
It's wonderful that you and your mom share a love of horses and are good riding buddies. Your mom sounds awesome.ReplyDelete
She is awesome! I am lucky to have her as a mom and riding friend.ReplyDelete
Wow, she is great horsewoman, your mother! I'm so glad my mom is part of the horse world now, too! :) At first, I saw those pictures and thought all the snow melted! I hope you are hanging in there this winter. It certainly seems like a long one. I just want to ride. Maybe this weekend, if I feel well enough.ReplyDelete
You are so lucky to have such a great relationship with your mom, and with horses as a part of it, too!ReplyDelete
Pony Girl - I think it is great that your mom rides too. She is adorable with her copper pony. I hope you get to ride this weekend!ReplyDelete
Kate - Your girls are lucky to have you as a riding horsewoman mom. I hope Maizie gets bit by the horse bug so we can have three generations riding here. If she doesn't, though, that is fine too.
You are so lucky to have such a great horsey mom! She is doing an amazing job of taking care of things and I'm so glad you can travel and still have some peace of mind!ReplyDelete
I'm gonna be like your mom when I grow up! :)ReplyDelete
Michelle - You have a horsey mom too! It is nice to not worry when we are away!ReplyDelete
Hosanna - If I ever grow up :) I hope I will be like her too!
Your mom is my inspiration too!! GOOD..er GREAT for her! :)ReplyDelete
Hee hee! Like Pony Girl, when I first saw your pictures with the green grass, I thought: Whaaat? How can it be!? How is Honeysuckle Faire so greeeen? And then I realized these beautifully fresh and green shots were from last year! They are letting us know what we have to look forward to! KUDOS to you mum for handling everything so beautifully. Taking care of horses in the dead of winter is no easy task. It requires real fortitiude both of body and mind. Your mum is no pushover!!!!!ReplyDelete