Robby, Emilie and I have spent quite a bit of time with Beast'sbelle's Barbie horses since my last post. We've groomed them, rubbed them down with Lysol wipes, fed them, and spent enough time around them that they perk up when they see us coming.
And get this...I learned how to ride!! I'd never ridden a horse before this week, but with help from Beast'sbelle and Robby, I learned! It came rather naturally, which surprised me. I'm not usually the type that picks something up right off the bat. Dallas is such a friendly horse, though, that I felt perfectly at ease. I couldn't wait to try riding him outdoors!
Yesterday's weather was just beautiful, so after discussing it with Robby, I talked to Beast'sbelle about letting us out to give the horses some exercise. Their plastic limbs were feeling the need to stretch and walk about, and Robby and I were dying to get a bit of fresh air. Beast'sbelle allowed us to go as long as we promised to be super careful.
So as quick as we could (before Beast'sbelle could change her mind), Emilie, Robby, and I got the horses ready and headed out. We decided to ride on the front lawn this first time. The shade from our wedding tree would ease the heat of the afternoon sun. I rode Dallas, the palomino stallion, Robby rode Midnight, the black mare, and Emilie rode Dixie, the adorable little filly.
Those of you who are familiar with Barbie pets may be surprised to find that the horse genders are switched. Apparently not all of them were labeled correctly or something, because in this case Dallas is the father and Midnight the mother. Weird, huh? I guess you just can't trust a label on doll packaging sometimes. Mama said that her next door neighbor used to have horses just like these, and she and Mama always played that Dallas was the stallion and Midnight the mare (although they had different names: Dallas was "Den" and Midnight was "Peppy"). But enough of all that! ;)
The day was perfect for a ride. I'd never been happier to be out of doors. The horses neighed and tossed their heads with pleasure, ambling through the tall grass at a leisurely pace.
I was a bit concerned about Robby at first. Midnight didn't come with a saddle, and even with a saddle, good riding requires a lot of knee work. I wasn't sure how Robby would be able to handle it. I shouldn't have worried, though. Robby's legs were long enough that he could balance on Midnight's back easily, even without a saddle. I also noticed that he held on with his knees pretty loosely. The smile on his face was enough to make me want to sing...but of course I didn't. I'm sure it was wonderful for him to take part in a family outing without feeling like he was slowing us down.
Emilie, as always, was taking everything in with her wide eyes. I knew she'd have dozens of questions for us about everything she'd seen.
Robby kept looking down at her with this adorable fatherly expression, watching her every move. She certainly has him wrapped around her little finger. At least, she would if her little finger was separate from the rest of her fingers. ;)
Robby never gets intimidated by her inquisitive mind, which is good, because after about ten minutes of answering Emilie's questions, I start to feel like my head might just explode. :}
I let myself ride on ahead, confident that Emilie would be safe under Robby's watchful eye. It was so good to be out in the sunshine, feeling the breeze on my face. I'd felt so trapped in Beast'sbelle's room for so long. We had to start making it a priority to get outside as much as possible, no matter what the obstacles were. It wasn't good for us to stay cooped up for too long.
After a while, we thought the horses could use a break. And good thing too. I noticed Robby wince a bit as he climbed down from his horse. I hoped his knee wouldn't suffer too much tonight after a day of riding.
I worked on getting Dallas' saddle off while Robby held the reigns to both horses. Emilie held Dixie's reigns. Not that she needed too. Little Dixie was so fond of Emilie that I don't think she would have wandered far.
As if to prove my point, the moment we let the horses loose, Dixie walked up to Emilie and started nuzzling her face.
Robby and I took the opportunity to sit in the shade of our wedding tree and visit quietly.
The horses wandered and grazed, happy to be free in such a huge green pasture.
Emilie followed them, playing happily while Robby and I watched.
After a while, Emilie and Dixie decided to take a rest.
Feeling a bit drowsy myself, I leaned my head back and gazed up above me.
I loved the way the sunlight made the leaves of the tree seem to glow with radiant light. Right then, everything in my world felt just about perfect. :)