This was a fun memory from an Aiken Horsemanship Academy demo in 2012 or 13. I am riding the young (3 years old) but mammoth (17+ hands) warmblood Phinn, who I had recently started under saddle. JJ is riding Borrego, and Richard Leitner is acting as our referee as we toss a big ball back and forth to demonstrate how reliable and “non-spooky” a horse can be once he is trusting.
After all that Borrego and I have been through this last year! First his suspensory ligament injury last January, then his loooooong rehab, moving barns in June to his rehab digs, then our spectacular beach trip adventure in November, followed by moving barns again to have a nice flat turnout, and then finally his scary virus/ulcer flare-up while I was in Seattle in December. This evening I took him out to find a greenish patch of good winter grass and just sat with him, reflecting on how lucky I am to have him in my life, and how grateful I am for our relationship and everything he has given me. Overwhelmed with deep gratitude and peace.