When I saw the question “How does your family/friends feel about your riding” on the NABLOPOMO list, my first response was: I have no idea! The thought was in relation to my family.
I know how my friends feel. Most of my friends ride as well. Like other equestrians, it is hard for me to maintain a relationship with people that don’t mind the barn smell, the showing up late and endless conversation about leads. The few friendships that I have maintained outside of the horse world humor the obsession but cannot fully wrap their heads around it.
I also know how my hubs feels. He gets it. He knows that horses are part of who I am at the very core. He dabbles in riding himself and so he is in touch with this weird, strange lifestyle I’ve created around the love of an animal. Although, I have to believe that somewhere in his mind there is a balance sheet, keeping track of all the kick ass vacations we could have had if all that time and money was not spent on hay and horseshoes.
Anyway, Not knowing how my family feels, I asked them. I sent a text to my mom and two sisters. How do you feel about it? I loved their answers so will share them directly:
I love it! You are doing something that you really enjoy and makes you happy. Your horses are really cool and tolerant when a novice is around. They smell nice. You let my boy ride them.
So proud of you and the accomplishments that you have mastered in the horse world. Also feel you have a special relationship with Tucker.
Sister #2 didn’t respond before I was ready to write this blog, so I’m just going to assume she loves that I ride too.
Their answers were touching and somewhat insightful especially considering they are not horse people. If you ride, and you don’t know the answer to this question. Ask!