I’ve always wanted to have a (rideable and lovely) mare and a silly shetland pony to keep it company but I might change my mind soon. Horses are hard work. It’s not just feeding them but grooming, cleaning and keeping them healthy, all of which my body and wallet cannot commit to. Not to mention 6 weekly farrier visits and 6 monthly dentistry (to be very honest I may perhaps pull both of them off…but still) checks. RIP childhood dreams.
I’ve realised that I’m the kind of idiot that goes up to the bitey and admittedly nasty pony to say goodbye when exhausted and dying on my feet after a day’s worth of work. All because he came to the front of the stall for hellos. I’m walking 5km or so every single day just going to and fro the MRT, stables and coffee shop across the road on top of walking horses, grooming and volunteering to do other tasks outside my job scope and I am dead beat. After walking back from the bus stop I dragged myself downstairs for a walk because Honey has been stuck at home alone the whole damned day. This trip back home has been wonderful though, and I don’t think I’d have it any other way.
Today I had fun painting poles and braiding pony fringes. I learnt that having not so chinese features could be attributed to being pure teocheow heritage-wise because it is apparently a thing (?), and chatted to the petrol station uncle whilst he was filling up the car. Good times.
I got to try some liberty work today and it’s hella cool. First read about it in my younger days from a fictional horse book and it feels pretty amazing to have successfully done it. The main point (from my amateur pov) is to strengthen one’s relationship with the horse using a more ‘natural’ way of horsemanship aka not riding or lunging. Feeling happy that the horse came to me/was looking at me for instructions at the end – it’s a pretty amazing feeling to have it come to you out of its own accord. What a great day it is to be alive!
I’ve long forgotten how riding feels like flying, and that has to be of my favourite feelings in the world.