Saturday, April 20, 2013
A (brief) photographic interlude
Looking back through the photos from those first few rides, every photo with me riding the pony has a HUGE smile on my face. I am not good in front of a camera. I never noticed the camera those visits. It took all of 10 minutes, if that, for me to be absolutely convinced that I did indeed want to lease her.
I started off with this belief that I'd just get her in shape for someone else to buy. I'd give her a job in the meantime. I wasn't going to be able to get a horse anytime soon.
By the time I graduated in June 2012, it was pretty well determined that the pony had decided she was mine. I was lucky enough to get a full-time job straight out of college. Some folks get cars for graduation; I got a pony a few months after I graduated. Certainly not swimming in excess money, but the bills get paid and I make do.
We did our first 25-mile ride in September 2012. It was a case of fitting the sport to the horse. She needed a serious job, so she got one! As best I can tell, Fetti loves going new places and thrives zooming along on new trails. She may never do a 50, and I'm okay with that. We can do years of 25s instead until she tells me she's done. If she ever gets comfortable doing conditioning rides solo, who knows - maybe I will manage to get her in shape for a 50!
I thought once that maybe in my 30s I'd be able to afford a horse, probably some low-level hunter or something along those lines. Now? I love my pony, I love our trails, and I wouldn't change a thing.