It has been over a month since I have been back from my trip to England and France and I have just now finished going through the images! There are quite a few to go through so I’ve decided to break the posts up. My first visit was to my sister’s. She introduced my to her new (to me) horse. The last time I was there was in 2006 and her horse then, named Bo, has since died. I used to love riding when I was a child and had lessons every weekend. But as I got older I just felt less confident riding them because I was becoming more aware of possible accidental injury with these massive beasts. The last time I actually got on a horse for a ride was when I was 19 on my sister’s horse. He got spooked by the sound of horse walking on newly laid gravel outside the ring and took off running. My meager attempts to stop him went unnoticed. I felt myself falling off which had happened before, from years of riding, so that didn’t bother me. The problem occurred when I let myself fall off and my foot got stuck in the stirrup and Bo was dragging me. That was no fun. The ligaments in my left shoulder were stretched and since that incident my shoulder likes to “slip” out on occasion. So no more riding for me since then. Regardless of this I just fell in love with Nynke, my sister’s horse. She was so curious of my camera and the round cylinder I kept pointing towards her. She is an Andalusian. She is a beautifully muscled and poised horse with a glistening black coat, and wavy mane and tail. And she has those tufts of hair at the top of her hoofs that I just love. She has a very kind spirit and I believe if I chose to ride her she would treat me kindly. Here are a few photos to showcase her loveliness:
And here are a few photos to showcase her personality:The image on the left is me standing my ground as she came running towards my sister and I. To be honest this scared the life out of me ….what if she didn’t stop in time or give herself enough room to get past me without knocking me down? But I stood firm and I survived unscathed;). The image on the left is my sister and Nynke giving each other their hello scratch. My sister scratches the base of her mane and Nynke rubs my sister’s back with her muzzle….how sweet is this?
This one is Nynke coming over to me wondering why in the world I am laying down in the grass. This again increased my heart rate a bit but I was determined to be strong. This fear of mine in truly unfounded, just a part of who I am now but I won’t let it master me. I truly couldn’t help but kiss this sweet face though.