Sunday, May 22, 2011

I rode a horse...giddy up

Two weeks ago I began lessons riding a horse. All my life I've been told I am allergic to
horses but low and behold I guess I was misled.
As many of you know Mark & I have this thing about horse drawn carriages. It started
wtih our honeymoon and we seem to seek them out wherever we go on vacation.
Our Christmas card 2010 was a picture of us in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Two days before my first lesson was when we had to Ripley down. I really wanted
to cancel my lesson but yet I knew I needed to do it.

Smokey was my horse. He is 12 yrs old. Kind of ironic that Ripley was also 12 yrs old
and because he was a rescue dog he came with some food bowl issues. I used to sing
"On top of old smokey" to him while he ate to keep him calm. I of course sang it in my
best italian accent..complete with a meata balla..LOL
I honestly believe Ripley is my angel watching over me as these two things are more
than coincidental.
Ripley came into our life just after I was diagnosed.with MS. I was suddenly out of work, fired
because I had MS, yes it's legal and Ripley had all sorts of issues.
It was obvious how much he needed me and maybe only to him it was obvious how much
I needed him.
I am so looking forward to these lessons. I want  the "old Cathy" back and this is
going to help her feel confident again. My family's betrayal and subsequent walking out of
my life last summer when I was in the hospital really did a number of my self esteem.

I have already noticed a change in my core strength. And although I am sore I am so
excited. Thanks to everybody who encouraged me to do this.. Mark, and especially Katy, our niece.

Have a great day everybody...


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Herrad said...

Hi Cathy,

So sorry to hear you lost your good friend Ripley.
Very difficult when yu have to say goodbye to a dog who has been with you for some years.

Sorry about my lack of visits.
Spike's, our dog, illness, quick death nov/dec and being so ill jan/feb to march meant no visits.

Since then I have been spending more time sitting in my wheelchair I have also not been visiting.

I just passed by to say hello.
I hope you are doing well.

Cathy said...

Herrad so nice to hear from you. I read your blog but I'm bad about posting.
Sorry you had to go thru the dog thing also.
Hope you are feeling better. You are so strong...

cjhardy said...

Nothing like a horse to bring ourselves back to life. I'm currently looking into therapeutic riding in our area. So sorry to hear of your dog. Hope Smokey will make life less painful.

Cathy said...

I went by CJ for alot of years...
Hope you find a horse program neer you. It has been such a wonderful experience..Cathy aka CJ