Tricky Situation


Ahhh. Tricky. So many things are tricky. Things we do, things we say. I’ve been in some really tricky situations where I wondered how I got there. Some I knew how I got there and wondered why I made the decision that got me there. The following is one of those times.

When I was young, my best friend and I would ride horses all over the area. Most of our neighbors knew we were good kids and would let us ride on their land. They knew that we wouldn’t chase their cows or do something that would damage their property. So we were really lucky to have a lot of real estate to explore.

My mare was what we call “hot” in equine terms. She always wanted to go and was high spirited. It was one of the things I loved about her. She was a good horse, but she put me on the lightening fast track on learning to ride. She was an Arabian and because of that, her back was shorter than the stock horses that lived in the area. The saddle that my parents got for her was too big, plus when I first got her (I was 10), it was way too heavy for me to heave up onto her back. So 99% of the time I rode bareback.

One time when we were riding in some woods, I decided to take this path that was on a ledge alongside a steep rock wall. I thought it looked like it’d be fun and it was at first. Until it got too narrow to continue. I was in a tricky situation for sure. It was too narrow to turn around, and if my mare got nervous, we could go off the edge which was probably a 10-20 foot drop. That may not seem like a lot but when you’re on a 1,000 lb animal it puts a new perspective on things.It was definitely not an option for me. There was no room for me to get off either. Usually she was fidgety and dancing to go, but this time I think she knew she needed to be calm. She slowly and carefully backed out until we had space to turn around. My heart was pounding and I’m certain she knew I was scared. She took care of me and I couldn’t have loved her more in that moment. It’s something I’ll never forget and the first thing I thought of when I saw the word “tricky”.


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  1. I had a Morgan years ago that I simply adored. He only had one problem though and that was he HATED for me to laugh…….now I have a nice laugh but Deeders hated it…..he’d lay his ears back flat and snort when I’d start…which always made me laugh harder, which made him stomp a few times and snort rather loudly…….which (yep) would make me laugh harder……..we were out on a trail around a lake one afternoon and I saw something or other that made me laugh. Deeders of course became annoyed at me…like an idiot I just laughed harder……..and was planted in the lake quite suddenly…….Deeders took off immediately leaving me to walk the three miles back again. You had a great horse there.

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  2. Hahaha! Sorry Deeders, but that made me laugh. Was it just your laughter he didn’t like or everyone’s? I hope it was a hot day when you landed in the lake!
    Dolly was a great mare and too smart for her own good. She was a real PITA when we first got her, but once we understood each other it didn’t take long for us to bond. Deeders sounds like a horse with a lot of personality. My kind of equine!


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