Friday, March 18, 2016

Flash Back Friday: The Sleepover

I could go on and on for decades about how welcoming my last barn was. The family atmosphere was just a reflection of Miss S's personality; she's a Christian mother with that natural "Southern Hospitality." Ironically, she's from California.


Ah yes, tiny, baby (13 year old) me with my dear Izz and Shebsheb. Despite being a rather socially awkward and highly introverted teen (and I still am), I jumped on the chance to sleepover at the barn. I didn't know Sheb, Izz, or Miss S that well at the time, but they were kind, and it made for a fun night. We had pancakes in the morning after feeding the horses. and I tried blueberry syrup for the first time. Lee came early before lessons, and we helped her clean out her trailer a bit (that's how I got those rainbow clip on reins for me sidepull). In return, she let each of us hop on Fish for a bit. That was my first time ever closing my eyes on a horse. Shout out to good ol' Fisher for keeping me safe.

At the time, I was in love with my trainer's three year old, Bella. I spent some time with her that morning, just enjoying her presence, living up to the weird horse girl title.

Belly Welly <3

The rest of that Sunday was just your average lesson day. I used to help out during those, but, as they say, times changed. I do greatly appreciate the opportunity though. If every riding student could do that, the horse world we be a perfect place. The hands on experience is invaluable.

4 comments:

  1. My first barn sleepover was in my 20s and it was totally all my saddle club dreams come true

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    1. Great, now I have a newfound need to plan a barn sleepover for the equestrian team. Look at what you've caused ;)

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  2. i don't think i've ever had a barn sleep over... sounds like a blast tho!

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    1. If I can offer any advice for it, I'd set the definition of "barn sleepover" as "sleeping in the barn owner's house and not the barn because barn cats walk all over EVERYTHING"

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