Ziba was on high today.
Shannon, my neighbor at the ranch, calls me saying my horse is really antsy and running up and down her (long) paddock. A few minutes later I arrive to find her walking circles and stopping to nose the gate repeatedly. Food isn’t the problem, she has that. We are of like minds – I came with a quick ride in mind. Saddling up takes only a few minutes, but she is still digging a hole in the ground. COME ON KAREN – LET’S GO!!!
So I hop on and we take the perimeter trail with the sun setting on an expansive view of golden rolling hills dotted by crooked oak trees & scrub. At the beginning there is a nice long easy downhill slope later followed by a short steep uphill climb. You can see the reservoir which is pretty dry right now and has a sandy bathtub ring. Huge old Eucalyptus hide little animals making crackling noises while they settle in for the evening. A few jack rabbits scoot off in different directions. As we walk the trail, she and I are happier by the minute. The shadows have grown long and we spend a little time in the upper sand ring which is cooler now. By the time we get back, she is all smiles. Has those soft smiley eyes. She tells me she loves to go sight-seeing!
Leia & I hear a nicker as we leave. See you tomorrow my friend!
I am grateful for the time we are able to share together and Ziba’s enthusiasm to do more – it really is a gift that I can ride her at all. Will tell you about it sometime soon..