Monday, September 19, 2005


Up until yesterday, I had never so much as sat on a horse. But now I am proud to say, thanks to my pal Kodi and her very sweet horse Musty (I assume as in "Mustang" not "slightly damp and stinky") I have mounted, sat on, and ridden a horse--albeit in a very small circle around a fairly small pasture.

It was pretty scary to be sitting on something that big, something that has a brain and no steering wheel, but Musty is an absolute dear. Just a little twitch of the reigns and (much to my surprise) she went exactly where I wanted her to.

Our trip to see the horses was not without tragedy, however. Mimi, the other member of Kodi's horsey family, mistook Sophie's sweet little finger for a piece of the apple that she was being fed, and gave her quite a nip. After that, Sophie was pretty timid, and felt most safe sitting in the back of Kod's explorer watching. When Kodi asked Soph if she wanted a ride, Sophie answered, "Well. I'm kind of rusty." Where does she come up with this shit?

Sophie was also very impressed with the huge piles of horse poop, and with the fact that horses, like people, have boogers. I was very impressed that Kodi is such a horse pro. I couldn't even begin to care for a horse. At one point, I walked right behind Musty--apparently a major no-no in the world of the equine. Kodi sweetly but anxiously told me that was not a good idea. I had no clue. It was very cool to see this new facet of my friend-- who already impresses me daily with how capable she is.

Today's best thing about being a mom:
Sophie and have started a little ritual of having a bowl of cereal together on the days she goes to school and I go to work. Today she was picking out the marshmallows from her "Marshmallow Matey's" (the cheap version of "Lucky Charms) and sharing them with me, because she felt bad for me that my Cheerios were sans marshmallow.

Today's worst thing about being a mom:
Lately she screams like a howler monkey when I try to wash or brush her hair. I'm about ready to just have it cut short--like just below her ears short.


Katy said...

As cute as Sophie would be with a cute little bob, lets remember that shorter almost NEVER means easier. When it's that short, gone are the days of the ponytail, or piggy braids. Congrats on your first equine encounter. I miss horses.

Stine said...

"I'm a little rusty..." ????


That is the funniest thing I've heard all day.

Yay for horse riding!

rob said...

Hooooooly CRAP!

That's is just...GOD...I want to go, like...I don't know...kick puppies or something, that is so freaking cute.

Not just cute. Cute as a button...with a bunny painted on it...on a pair of footy pajamas.

Alright! Time for me to go listen to some Leonard Cohen or Rammstein just so I can get these Sanrio fuzzies out of my soul.

Kodi said...

Soph is adorable, and you are fantastic. We will so go riding again soon.

lonna said...

I'm a big fan of "a little rusty" too. I love Sophie's quotes.

patrice said...

that soph. so cute.

I know what you mean about the facets of someone you don't get to see. sean's brother is a cop and he usually doesn't act very cop-like, but on those rare occasions when I do see him being coppy, it's really weird and kinda neat.

better to have mounted the horse than have the horse mount you. well done!

KATIEmagic said...

I love horses. Strangely enough the only time I've ever ridden them has been in Colorado and Utah you'd think living in Texas I'd get more horse time.

The Sophie-isms are cracking me up lately!

amandak said...

Glad you guys had such a good time with the horsies. Except for that little nip, of course. Wish I could have been there.

thelyamhound said...

I miss riding. I learned as a young child on a western saddle. I got a little freaked out when my girlfriend, senior year of high school, got me up on her horse after having been away for many years away from horses . . . on a European saddle. How do people stay on those things? Might as well saddle the thing up with a Slip'n Slide. They might make better cinema and pop music over on the continent, but we've got more sense when it comes to riding horses. Anyway, I'd love to get back up on a horse again, just for old time's sake.

"I'm a little rusty . . . "

That kills me.