For the past three years, I can count the number of times I've been able to ride my horses on one hand. It's just been difficult with the twins so small. When I had Paul around to watch the boys for a few minutes, I always chose running to fill that time. But I've missed riding. With Pierce returning to school, and the twins a little more reliable (as in, they can listen and follow the rules, when they choose to), it occured to me that I could ride the horses with the twins in the arena. All I needed was a containment area.
So I built a corral in the arena - not for my horses - but for my twins! It came complete with fun up and down ramps - just perfect for driving your trucks up and down while mom is riding her horse.
Phoenix checks out the twins. I rescued Phoenix from an abusive situation when he was just 3 years old. I was a sophomore in college in Texas. I spent a lot of time teaching him to trust again. Day after day of patient rehabilitation. Now he's an old man by horse standards, but he's still my baby. I don't know if he still remembers the horrors of his youth, but he knows his forever home is a safe haven.
Phoenix and I watched the twins for a few minutes, and decided that they would stay out of trouble so we could ride. See that funny black looking thing in the middle? That's part of Paul's homemade frisbee golf course, which goes all over our land. I've never been able to play it though - I'm always watching the kids! Go figure. Well, hey, at least I'm riding now! I'd rather ride than play frisbee golf any day!
Cort and Reid had such a great time in the arena, complete with their toy horses. They didn't want to come in when we were done, even though it was lunchtime. And yes, they are wearing pajamas. Shhhh, don't tell anyone, okay?
Happy day! I expect to have a lot more frequent riding adventures in the coming months!