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Back in the saddle

In "why didn't I do this sooner" news, I went for a riding lesson today, nearly five years after my last one. It was harder and easier than I expected. The instructor was pretty complimentary, and I do feel that it's just going to be a matter of getting the muscles back. I'm hoping to be in fighting form by the end of the summer.

Seriously, why didn't I do this sooner? Having just gotten a wild hair this morning and done it, I really haven't any clue. I just took the first google hit and went. The barn is fine, standard school barn, the school horses are in good shape. The stalls seemed pretty clean. The place was awash with teenaged girls, as one would expect. They didn't seem to go in for any exotic tack like some school barns I could think of. I think it will be a fine place to get going again.

I guess the few times I've thought about riding again, I thought I'd have to call around, I'd have to find the right place, I'd have to work out a budget, blah blah blah. Today I decided not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and I just went. The cost isn't so bad. I will have to cut back in other areas, but it's not huge.

I just feel great now. I feel more myself than I have in ages. Energized and optimistic. I really hope a little equine therapy will improve my general attitude and help me power through work!

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