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.