I found a place to get my horse fix while I get healthy enough to ride again – a place I’ve driven past almost daily in the <cough>ty years I’ve lived in Connecticut, USA.
Pleasant View Stables has been through many variations on the “suburban horse farm” theme over the years. But it was primarily a boarding stable. Now, they offer lessons and pony parties, along with boarding.
But I’ll be mostly in “The Kids Barn” where the lesson and party ponies reside. I’ll be grooming ponies. And one mule.
Editor’s note: As I write this addition in 2012, the Kids Barn at Pleasant View has not only been at another location for a couple of years, but it is now closed.
I’m not strong enough yet to ride, plus I never dealt with my lack of confidence in the saddle. Elaine at Pleasant View has agreed to let me groom to start getting my mojo back.
She’s understanding about granting my need to be around horses yet to allow me to take it very slow so that I can regain my confidence. Let alone my strength after years of treatment for an illness.
Now I just have to learn moderation. The other night, in a happy adrenaline rush, I groomed three ponies and one mule during the three hours my first night.
Several days later, though, I’m still taking muscle relaxers for the pain of unfamiliar tasks on top of daily wear and tear.
I need to learn moderation. No more grooming four of them in one evening. I have to learn to pace myself. No matter how much fun I’m having.