It's my own fault. First I decided to become an entrepreneur even though I couldn't balance a checkbook. Then I buggered up my knee, which took a month to get back to normal. At the same time I rescued a Ziggy who demanded every minute of my attention. Then school started with full classes. And now I have a looming book deadline (Monday!), which is consuming every second -- even Ziggy's walks are shorter.
I am not complaining because Hurricane Sandy missed us here in the Shenandoah Valley. Real hardship is having your home flooded or swept into the ocean. Not riding for the first fall ever since I was five is just weird. Halloween-type weird for me. I rode through pregnancies, newborns and two toddlers. I rode through writing a series -- a book every other month -- and teaching full time (not at the same time thank goodness.) The only stretch I have not ridden this long was when I broke my back and spent four months in a hospital and then rehab. Even then I couldn't wait to ride and got back on my then pony as soon as I got the doctor's okay. Now winter is roaring around the corner, and Relish has forgotten what a saddle feels like.
Dogs and horses were used extensively and the photos -- and carnage -- were hard to stomach. It is estimated that over 900,000 horses and mules were killed in the war -- often from starvation, disease and overwork (Most of you have watched War Horse) When Europe and Great Britain ran out of horses, the United States rounded up mustangs and sent them over. I can't imagine their terror.
Dogs were just as expendable. They pulled machine guns, acted as sentries, carried messages and located and hauled the wounded. None of these animals chose to go to war, yet they served 'man' with incredible patience and strength. I hope when Darling is finished, it will not only be an exciting read for kids, but a great story about our history and how one dog contributed.
So that's my excuse for not riding and I am sticking to it.
Anyone every had a non-riding stretch? How did your horse react to finally getting saddled up again?