Horse Master Rosie

| 7/15/2011 1:40:16 PM

Smile Rosie 

Muck Boot Diva 

HeadshotI arrived promptly for my first riding lesson in several decades.

I pulled up the long drive and turned down my radio that had been blasting Sarah Vaughan’s rendition of Day In – Day Out. I didn’t want to spook Rosie before meeting her.

Looking at a potentially electrified fence I decided two days of lightning bolts were quite enough for me. I shouted, “Is this thing off” to the nearby barn. A muffled “Yes” was my reply, so I ducked under the wires and off I went.

When I originally heard there was the possibility of riding a Percheron my medieval radar went up. Percheron’s were used by armored knights during the Middle Ages, and that was of interest. Just the Lit major in me I guess.

My farm in CNY is kind of like living in one of those fortresses in the Middle Ages. It is well bejeweled and has all the romance and panache of a fairy tale – but for all realistic rationale it is more like a chic camping experience in the shell of a former barn.  We have dubbed it “the castle”.

Mary Carton
7/22/2011 9:17:07 PM

Welcome to Grit from a fellow newby blogger. Dad bought us an old mare named Molly. She was some where between 20 and 50 yrs old and knew every trick in the book. How many times did she act like she was lame and we would get off walk her to the pasture and when we took the bridle off she would trot off without a limp. Mary

Muck Boot Diva
7/22/2011 3:28:38 PM

Yup. 5' 10" tall and the stirrups are set (I believe) at hole number 6 on the left and 7 on the right -- they pounded some in there... (just a beginner here). MBD

7/22/2011 10:47:57 AM

I really liked your story. I have been riding a sweet Percheron-Standarbred cross mare for the last 26 years and just want to let you know that for riding one of these horses you are lucky that you have long legs. I am 5 foot 1 inch tall and i can tell you it is quite a sight seeing me get on that horse. Sadly, she is not in the condition any more for me to ride her so the new horse that i am riding is a 14 hand POA, a little more my size. Have fun riding your big girl.

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