Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Lucille and I~5th ride

So, last Tuesday, on our way home from the beach, we stopped by the horse ranch.  I wanted to make it in time because my trainer, Maia, was there with the horses.  I can never get to their lesson during the week, as she only comes on Tuesday, and I'm at school.  So, I hustled hubby and we got on the road by 9:00.  We arrived at the ranch by 10:30 and Maia had Lucille saddled and was ready to ride her.  Instead, I rode her (tennis shoes and all!).  It was a beautiful day up at the ranch.  Lucille was her usual calm, collected self (THANK GOODNESS), but it sure is a LONG way to the ground when I dismount!  I have to use a mounting block to get on her, but I can drop to the ground to dismount.  Only, my tennis shoe got caught in the stirrup.  OUCH~That's a BIG leg extension and I have short legs!  I wasn't planning on riding her, but everybody insisted and hubby took these photos.  She was one happy horse after the ride!  :-)


Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I've had some people frown upon this, but I save my groin muscles by swinging my right leg over, leaning across the saddle and the center of the horse's back, removing my left foot from the stirrup, and then lowering myself down with my arms. As I get older, I try to save on my knees by sliding down the horse's side slowly rather than pushing myself away from the horse and landing on my feet like a vaulter. I'm glad you got to ride.

Barb said...

I'm so glad you took her on, Cheryl. It was sad to see her wasting away.

Anonymous said...

Glad you managed to get in a ride - you look pretty happy up there!