What It Means to be An Equestrian

Equestrian (adj) – of, relating to or featuring horseback riding

 

That would be the Merriam-Webster definition of Equestrian, but for those of us that are in the sport, hobby, passion, whatever you choose to call it, that’s just the basic one-line description.

Being an equestrian means so much more for us riders.

It means getting up early to get to the barn before it gets too hot in the summer.

It means having a full day of work and going out to see your best furry friend to end your day.

It means having some disagreements with an animal with a mind of its own.

It means working in harmony and understanding with said animal.

It means hearing those little nickers from your horse when they’re excited to see you or want a treat.

It means being there for them when they’re hurt and them being there for us when we’ve had a bad day.

It also means mucking out stalls, filling supplement bags, hours of hand walking, going out in public with the tall socks on and getting looks from non-equestrians.

It means going on beautiful trail rides, and if you’re like me and Lunia sometimes challenging if we come across water.

It means being dirty and smelling like your best friend when you get home or go to the grocery store.

It means blue ribbons and good scores, and conversely, it means coming last in your class and knowing there is a lot of work ahead of you.

It means getting a good workout when we ride, despite those that think the horse does all the work.

It means being a part of a wonderful community of people who all have the same love for those four hooved unicorns we call our best friends.