Monday, October 26, 2015

Pompera and Me

In September, I leased Pompera, my main squeeze, and we went on an adventure.  (I'd been telling her about it for months!)  Strawberry Fields, where I take lessons, trailered Pompera to a different farm where the two of us participated in a Centered Riding Teacher Certification clinic.  Whoa back, readers...we were student riders, not going for teacher certification!  I was lucky enough to spend four whole days with Pompera and other horse-minded people.  And other horses, too!

These pictures were taken on day three.  I was assigned two teacher candidates.  They alternated days of being lead teacher and assistant.  While we completed paperwork in which we stated what we hoped to accomplish, I also added that I was willing to learn anything they wanted to teach me!  What a blast!

We wove in and out of five cones at walk, slow trot, and very fast trot!  We did a labyrinth twice--where you walk in, halt, turn, halt, turn and walk forward, halt--and keep repeating until you walk out!  (This is only part of what we did!)

Four days of being at the barn over 12 hours a day!  Cleaning stalls, feeding, watering, grooming--ahhh, spa days indeed.  I got home each night dirty, tired, and eager to go back.

The moral of this story?  Grab the gusto while you can.  I don't want to get to the end of my life and say "I wish I had".  What makes your heart sing?  An old saying, but one I've taken to heart the last few years:  If it is to be, it is up to me.  I can make it happen if I want it enough and am willing to work for it.  How about you?

Blissful hugs,


  1. oh my dear, I needed this message just now - am struggling with a big choice, and weighing the "I really should" voice with the "but I want to" voice........... hmmm, "if it is to be, it is up to me".......... I shall sleep with that thought tonight and see what happens. thank you, Kathleen

  2. The same goes for me; facing a huge decision right now; present situation is more depressing than I can stand. the goal is to do something that makes me happy, and others as well. Please keep me in your good thoughts (of course I know you already do). What fun it looks like. You are the best. Love, Diane G

  3. Looks like you had a really good time. Pat B

  4. Guess I did do a move by your saying--mine was to move back to Florida to be with my kids and I have done that--but I also had a couple other things on that list when I did that I have not done yet--so I best get busy!! thanks for reminding me--
    love, and smiles, diane

  5. Sounds like you had a blast. I hear people talk about taking vacations where they do all the things we are supposed to do on vacations. I just want to go to major quilt shows and immerse myself in the craft. Anybody for Paducah? Martha H.


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