Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Gym Membership or a Horse???

So I was lucky enough yesterday to get invited horseback riding. Now, the last time I got on a horse, I think I was 14 or 15. Regardless, it was a long time ago. I also brought along my camera to take some fun horsey pictures. So on top of this giant animal, I think what a great idea it will be for me to take some pictures from the horse. This is not a point and shoot camera I own. It doesn't fit into a coat pocket or anything. So off we go, meandering down a wooded trail with my camera hanging about my neck. Lovely. Beautiful. Peaceful. I can tell that the young gal who agreed to take me around these trails is a wild one on the horses. I can tell she loves to run, gallop, feel the wind in her hair. Heck, I would love to do the same, but I envision myself flying off the horse and breaking a leg or beloved camera. But the fun in her gets the best of her and we are trotting. I am holding onto the reigns with one hand ready to pull back and the other on the handle (sorry, I'm no horsey girl so I cant remember what that thing is called). Meanwhile, my heavy camera is pounding into my back rhythmically. smack, smack, smack. My ass is bouncing all over the place. smack, smack, smack. But at the same time I am giggling and yipping. She tells me to keep my butt in the saddle, that will make it easier. So I squeeze my not so firm thigh muscles and hang on. This morning I am seriously sore all over. My left arm from holding on so tight, my thigh muscles, and my left butt cheek from the muscle spasm I had from flexing. Oh yeah, and my back, but I assume that's from my camera hitting me about a hundred times. Taking pictures on top of a moving horse didn't work out so well for me. I don't think I will try that again. But I did have a good time and am thankful for the ride! So that leaves me to wonder....maybe I should reconsider my thoughts on getting a gym membership and maybe invest in a horse! Yeah right!

PS...thank you girls for letting me play!


Heather said...

Yippee kai yea! I'm going Sunday (I just found out that my good buddy Erin has arranged a trip for her and I, it includes free child care!) I didn't grow up around horses, but I L-O-V-E riding. My mother in law took me to a dude ranch (for rich people) for her 60th birthday, and it was the best weekend ever.

Suzie said...

I havent been in years. Looks like great fun