If you've been following my Instagram feed lately you'd see that I have been blessed with the opportunity to start riding again. Over Labor Day weekend I ran into a childhood friend who I grew up riding with. As an adult Gina owns and runs a stable in Columbia, CT called Gates Estates, that specializes in training, lessons and sales of hunter and jumpers (Warmbloods and Thoroughbreds, imported and domestic). She has some really wonderful horses at the stable and has been so generous to allow me to ride a few of them the past few weeks. I am beyond grateful and amazed how life can by chance make things possible that at one point may have seemed so impossible. Before September, I hadn't ridden in 2 years and lately I had been dying to hop on a horse. I was actually having reoccurring dreams about riding I had missed it so much. My advice to everyone, if there is something that you're passionate about, find a means to do it a much as possible. Because in order to be happy with our lives we must celebrate these special things that we find so fulfilling. There are only a few aspects of life that can bring such joy and if we aren't filling those needs then we can't be truly happy.
Having been away from horses for so long has made me shutter happy taking pictures of everything involved with horses. My 'horse friends' think I'm crazy and being so close to horses so consistently, I think they forget the incredible nuances that make horses so special. Whether it's their fuzzy muzzles, the perfectly round soles of their hooves or their powerful hindquarters, I'm spellbound.
In addition to the awesomeness of riding horses I've been getting chance to see the leaves change over the past few weeks. This time of year is perfect in New England and I recommend for anyone to take day trips out of the city. This year although it was was a dry summer, has been a great year for leaves. I have a feeling that next weekend will be the last good one.
To quickly summarize this post, I'm trying to say that I have so much to appreciate in life. I encourage everyone to find what it is that you're passionate about and make it happen. Thanks for reading.