Back in the Saddle

| 2/24/2010 2:12:06 PM

Tags: Riding, Horses, Morgan, Khrysta,

Khrysta the Morgan mare

A photo of Mountain WomanAre you thinking of moving to the country?  Do you want to have animals?  Maybe a horse or two?  Here’s my story of how a Morgan mare came to live on Red Pine Mountain.

Spring, 2008. The mud is drying and all I want is a horse but Mountain Man doesn’t understand why any sensible person would want one of those hay burners.  “If you want to ride something, get a tractor.” 

But, I was determined, and he relented with conditions.

“You can have a horse but you have to ride it home. No trailering; you have to prove you can ride the horse.”

Ride the horse? Was he kidding? I rode for years, jumped anything no matter how high or how wide. Heck, I even thought I was a horse when I was a child. There was no horse I couldn’t ride.

mountain woman
3/4/2010 5:50:15 AM

Nebraska Dave, You and I are definitely similar. I never feel old even though people will say "why are you doing that at your age." I'm in better shape now than most young people. I write a blog of my own and my motto for my blog is "Live Your Dreams, Share Your Hearts." Live your dreams because through attempting what is important we find true meaning in lives and stay young. Share your hearts because giving back to those we love,the community and the world is so important to a full life. I also love to laugh at myself and don't have problems with sharing my missteps which are many as I morph from a city girl to a country woman. I can't wait to read your next blog entry. I really am enjoying learning more about you. P.S. - If you ever want to participate in the Amazing Race and need a partner, let me know. I can't get my husband to go but wow, what an adventure that would be :-)

nebraska dave
3/3/2010 5:57:36 PM

MW, I admire you being able to bare the reality of the embarrassing moment to the world in a blog entry. It sounds like something I would do. I laugh more at myself that anyone else. I just do dumb things at times that I can’t help but laugh. I too also refuse to give up on something when my mind is set. One of those things is to get old, set in front of the TV, and waste away. Why not start or continue to do something that we love to do. Age has nothing to do with it. In the words of Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, “You’re never too old to learn the piano.” In my own version of that, “You’re never too old to do what you want.” I applaud those that reach for the brass ring and go against the odds to accomplish what others would consider folly. I, at the ripe young age of 62, stood on the top of a Mayan pyramid in the middle of Mexico last week. Never in my life did I ever think I would ever see a pyramid let alone climb one. 253 steps up made the challenge pretty competitive but I wasn’t about to pass up a once in life time thing. So my hat’s off to you MW. You go for that 100 mile completion and I look forward to hearing about the journey to get there. Thanks for your kind comments on the first entry of my blog. My second entry should hit the website soon if I’ve submitted everything correctly that is.

mountain woman
2/27/2010 11:02:34 AM

That's okay Oz Girl. I do it all the time too :-)

oz girl
2/27/2010 9:21:42 AM

Sorry, I realized I misspelled Khrysta right after I hit "submit". Grrr.

mountain woman
2/27/2010 5:56:30 AM

Oh Oz Girl, You are so very brave!!! A cattle drive. Wow, that would be quite a ride.

oz girl
2/27/2010 1:24:20 AM

Ahh, I've read your stories about Krysta before, but I particularly enjoyed your version of the day you brought her home... quite the entertaining read! :-) Reminds of the day I cowboyed up and decided to go on that cattle drive after only 2 horse rides and my horse riding days over 30 years ago myself!!

mountain woman
2/26/2010 5:26:52 AM

Almost Country, Thank You!!!

almost country_1
2/25/2010 8:47:36 PM

Reading your story was a great way to start my day. Love your tenacity and resilence. Ride on, Mountain Woman!

mountain woman
2/25/2010 4:36:27 PM

Thanks Cindy. It's been quite an adventure and my bones always ache but it's keeping me young and Khrysta and I are both having a great time.

cindy murphy
2/25/2010 3:03:03 PM

Hi, Mountain Woman. Khrysta is beautiful! What a great story of how you and she became companions. Great gumption you have, and good luck in those endurance rides. Cindy

mountain woman
2/25/2010 5:22:40 AM

Thanks Pam :-) Mountain Woman Grit Blog: Red Pine Mountain Farm Blog:

2/24/2010 6:02:31 PM

Hi Mountain Woman, I love your story of Khrysta and getting use to riding again. I can just imagine the beauty of your mountain home and the peaceful rides you take now. (Now you aren't underneath Khrysta.)Just kidding. Great story. Good luck on the 100 mile ride. Have a great day. GaFarmWoman Pam

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