Day Twenty Four: Your Best Riding Buddy
I am so sad right now because I don’t have a best riding buddy. I never really thought about it but now that I am thinking about it I think it sucks! I am going to blame the fact I ride dressage for this one, even though it is a totally weak argument. I used to have riding buddies. Growing up I had riding buddies. Even in college I had two very good friends who were my riding buddies, but since college. Not so much. I have horse friends, but that is not how I define a riding buddy.
To me, a riding buddy is a person who you ride with. The person that you call when you are headed to the barn in the hopes that they will meet you there. The friend that if you decide to go to a show will wake up at 4am and come with you. I don’t have anyone that I ride with. In addition to dressage I am going to toss some blame Gen’s way. He could be a little…unpredictable…under saddle so people wouldn’t want to be in the ring at the same time I was riding him (trust me, we were fine, but I can understand why they might worry). The dressage factor is the fact that dressage lessons are almost always private lessons. I think that a lot of riding buddy situations come from having lessons at the same time. Not so easy to find when you have private lessons.
I would love to have a riding buddy. I think that stuff is always more fun when you buddy. Maybe someday I will get lucky and get another riding buddy, but for now I think I am stuck going solo.