Friday, August 6, 2010

back in the saddle

A box of alpaca fleece arrived at the office today, a gift from a reader in Houston. I can not wait to wash, card, spin and dye it! I bought some saffron and teal dyes and hope to make some home-spun hats in screaming autumn colors. Getting this box of fleece a grand gift, and some amusement to my coworkers. My friend James said, nonchalantly, "You know, if anyone else got a giant box of hair delivered to them at work, it would be weird. But since it's seems totally normal. Thank you Kimberly.

My first riding lesson was Wednesday night down at Riding Right in South Cambridge. To summarize: my thighs still hurt and my heart is soaring. I spent sunset on the back of a haflinger mare, working on my rusty posting trot. It was wonderful. Even after all my time away from horses (I used to be on my college's equestrian team), I felt comfortable on top of that work pony. Someday I would like one of my own: to check on the sheep and do farm work, but that is a goal for later. Right now I just want to get fluent in horses again. Really feel confident and able around reins so when the time comes to invite a pony into my life—I'm ready for her.


Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

So happy to hear you are riding again! It is such a unique peace to be on the back of a horse as he carries you over your land.

August 6, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Sense of Home said...

Wow, gift boxes at work! That sounds like it would make my workday.


August 6, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Well now I dont know whether James was complimenting you or not. But I have seen weirder things show up at the office and not always in a box lol.

August 6, 2010 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Another piece of the puzzle of your dream life is worked on. Congrats.

August 6, 2010 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Geek 3000 said...

Oh you are sooo getting a pony!

August 6, 2010 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger 文王廷 said...


August 6, 2010 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger pleintexasgirl said...

Haffies are great horses, ours was rode western and used for cart driving. So much fun!

August 6, 2010 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Hey Jenna- have you heard that llamas make great herd guards? They guard over everything and have lots of hair, but then, Alpacas are better for that. But I don't know if Alpacas are good guarding animals.

I was just thinking since you're starting a herd and all....

I think you should have a horse. Do you have to ride them every day like a dog needs walked every day for exercise?

August 6, 2010 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Would love to see pictures of you riding!

August 6, 2010 at 9:19 PM  
OpenID ruralaspirations said...

Ah, I'm so envious. I, too, used to ride a fair amount before I had kids (dressage was my thing) and I do miss it.

To answer a previous commenter's question: you do need to exercise your horse unless you have extensive grazing for it (they get great exercise just grazing and wandering). Or if you want it to be "athletic" (compete in equestrian sports). Or if it's high-strung it will need a good workout to keep a calm mind.

These are all reasons why I haven't gone back in the saddle yet, but the time is coming soon. I think I convinced my 8 year old girl to come ride with me (sadly, she did not inherit my "horse crazy" gene!) and I can see a horse and pony in our future.

August 6, 2010 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger 子吳吳豪 said...


August 6, 2010 at 10:34 PM  
OpenID Tami said...

James' comment totally cracked me up. Those that love us but do not understand us are what it's all about folks. Acceptance and tollerance. Be kind to all for you know not what battles some may be fighting.

August 6, 2010 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger me said...

Congrats on being back in the saddle again! :-) Best wishes as you work toward the pony in your future... (I think you need a Welsh! But that's because I raise them and think everyone should have one. LOL)

August 6, 2010 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

Jenna- I can't wait to see you with your Fell Pony someday!! I finally bit the bullet a little over a year ago and bought my first horse- he's a big ole Quarter Horse but he is my boy!! It is a wonderful feeling to get back in the saddle again isn't it?!

I just wanted to ask you- Have you seen the Documentary Film "Sweetgrass" yet? You can get it from Netflix- it's about the last sheepeherders in Montana and their last drove up into the Beartooth Mountains for summer. It's stunning and made me think of you!

August 7, 2010 at 2:28 AM  
Blogger Water Lily said...

Llamas will also carry a lot more than a goat when packing. And... they're supposedly very "cheap" to keep..... I've read they require only about $100 of hay per year and very little vet care. And.... if you choose carefully, llama fleece varies in quality and you can find one that is really good for spinning, etc. (although not as good as alpacas). But.... I would say it would be a very good all-round animal to have around. (OK, but that's me, dreaming of a couple of llamas like Jenna dreams of sheep!!)

August 7, 2010 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Hughes ap Williams said...

We have horse rescue groups here in Central Jersey; you probably have some near you.

I have met many rescues while working on articles on therapy horses. They are wonderful horses, often being given up due to economics or moves to non-equestrian homes.

Think rescue.

August 7, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Montero said...

Riding Right Farm was the Goodrich Farm when I was a child, and I learned to ride all along those roads on the Goodrich's ponies. My grandparents' house was the white house across the street at the intersection. Now I follow your blog from here in the UK. Small world.

August 8, 2010 at 5:18 PM  

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