So Andrea and I arrived a day early to Otter Creek to let the boys settle in after a long drive… This left us girls with a strange phenomenom… Time on our hands. After spending a good hour hand grazing and pampering the boys, we took off to wal mart to get a new tire for the trailer, and have some lunch. We thought we’d pick up some magazines in Wal Mart to read during lunch, and we quickly learned what true horse people we are… Both stood dumbfounded at the options of Marie Claire, Cosmo, Good Housekeeping, etc. We were hoping more for Horse Illustrated I think… And we both admitted we’d never purchased normal people magazines, and had no idea what we were doing! We gave up and bought suduko instead. 🙂
The morning dawned crisp but clear, and the 40 degree temps were chilly but a blessing to have the rain stopped. Perspective is a beautiful thing…. A few days ago at home 60 felt cold, but now 40’s are tolerable? I commented on the lovely morning to some nice folks who are local, and they kindly laughed at me and told me I was crazy and it was darn cold! 🙂
More perspective still… Heading to Caribou Coffee to have some coffee and internet before returning to work, there stood a homeless man at a stoplight holding a sign, shivering. Suddenly the weather doesn’t seem so cold from my nice warm truck, eh? We took a little detour to go buy the man some nice hot lunch. Our lives are such a gift… Here we are halfway across the country to play with our beloved ponies, and others in life worry about where to find their next meal or where to sleep at night. Never forget that life is an absolute blessing. We’re headed back now to ride, walk courses, and hand graze the boys again…But I assure you that the weather will feel a little warmer, the sun a little brighter, and the courses a little smaller. I am a very lucky girl.
I’ll leave you with a few photos of the beautiful Otter Creek HT, the fields, stabling, and our stall set up. In the words of my dear friend Jeri, “Make it a great day.”