Friday, April 2, 2010

Playing Horse

This is Maiga riding Marina. I've had a restrained love for horses ever since I was little. In my key-and-lock diary from when I was little I wrote a "what I want to be when I'm older" list. It reads - photographer, fashion designer or horse back riding instructor. I think the 'instructor' part was me trying to be practical. So a job playing with horses was naturally an instructor.

I rode for a while when I was young but broke my arm falling off and never really got back into it. Over the years I've made feeble attempts of riding again with the odd lesson or trail ride here and there. But mostly I fantasize about riding horses through the outback and almost drive off the road every time I drive past horses in a field. But that's it.

So I jumped at the opportunity when Maiga invited me along to hang out with her and Marina. Or actually maybe I invited myself. Anyways, she was sweet enough to let me tag along on her morning ride.  I had no idea there were stables right in Vancouver! But there are a whole bunch of barns and a large riding community right off SW Marine Drive!

It was so fun just being there. The smell of hay, horse and leather...the mud and cold air....and all  passionate riders at the stables. I took a picture of Marina's saddle. It's just so gorgeous with the worn layers of stained leather. Oh and the boots. Real riding boots. I want some to ride in...and to wear everyday. Stylish and practical? Yes. Hygienic. No.

I'm going to try to fit in some lessons in in the near future! I can't wait to play horse some more. Thank you Maiga!

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