Thursday, August 17, 2006

I rode this morning

My grandson has been making sure that Blue gets some weekend exercise, but I had not ridden in over a month.  We've had such a heat wave here that I just couldn't imagine getting out on a horse.  Even mornings have been to hot to enjoy a ride much.

This morning I awoke at 3 AM, and couldn't go back to sleep (typical for me... seems like six hours of sleep is all I can muster).  So I figured I'd get up, drink my coffee, and get out and ride, before the heat of the day.

I headed toward the barn shortly after 5 AM, and it was totally dark.  The moon was peeking through a thin curtain of clouds, and I figured those clouds would make for a beautiful sunrise.  I couldn't see the horses anywhere, but I had an idea where they'd be, and when I hollered, "Bluuuuu-uuuuue", I saw his big form coming toward me.

I didn't realize how much the daylight hours had shortened, and I ended up riding in total darkness for about 45 minutes.  Mark Rashid says horses can see as well in the dark as in daylight, so I counted on that.  The first part of my ride was on the main highway, and we met four cars and a motorcycle, people heading toward jobs, no doubt.  Once we turned toward the river, the only traffic we saw was a herd of deer we startled in a corn field; I could barely make out their shapes in the pre-dawn light.

It sure is nice to be back in the saddle again.

12 comments:

madcobug said...

Glad you had a nice ride this morning. The pictures were great. I love red sunrisse under cover of clouds. Hope you have a nice rest of the day! Helen

csandhollow said...

Sounds like a great way to start the day!

sugarsweet056 said...

How lovely, what a nice start to the day!
Sugar

msecz said...

I always wished I could ride a horse but never have gotten the opertunity to do so... I bet you enjoyed your ride today... Sandra

siennastarr said...

I'm glad you got a chance to ride Blue this morning.  What beautiful sunrise pictures! :)

Jackie

magran42 said...

Isn't it wonderful being alone with just you, Blue and God in the morning first light?
I used to do that on a jet ski til my husband "got nervous" about me being out alone on the water.

karlaellen said...

Thank you for the ride on Blue.
I love seeing his ears like that.
Karla~WA

chat2missie said...

Sounds like a wonderful ride to me!
Missie

fmgruber said...

Have you thought to fit Blue's saddle with headlights?

bookncoffee said...

Oh that sun rise looked pretty - even though it was a little strip.  Don't you love that moment when the sun is coming up - just barely light out.  I love getting out before most other people.  When I get to the interstate it's busy and then I realize I am not the first person up.  LOL>

tendernoggle said...

Beautiful color in that sunrise, Mosie...Hey....did you remember to take your cell phone with you???
love ya,
carlene

lanurseprn said...

What a wonderful way to start the day out!!  You are sooooo blessed to be able to do that.
Pamela