Go find your herd: Maria Wachter knows the kind of people she wants to go riding with. And in doing so, she may have discovered a larger life lesson too…
If you’ve been in the horse world long enough, you will come across all different types of riders.
After a while you chose the people you ride with. You stop riding with those “train wrecks” and surround yourself with like-minded individuals.
After a long week of work, I want to ride with people who I genuinely enjoy their company.
If my mount is having a hissy fit and refusing something I’m asking of it, I need to know that the people that I’m with will have patience and a sense of humor when riding with me. I can’t put myself into a situation where we need to get back by a certain time or they’re going to be late. It might take me an hour to get them to take one step, and I’m not going to rush it so someone can get back home to catch the football game.
The people I ride with now are all amazing in their own ways. Even if they’re new to riding, they mentally have it figured out: all you need is patience and a sense of humor in the saddle, the rest will fall into place. No one was born knowing how to ride. We have all learned by lots of time, energy, error, and a few broken bones.
My friends don’t rush one another and no one acts like they’re better than someone else. It’s friendships like this that make you want to get out and ride, instead of dread it. If I can’t ride with respectful riders, I’ll ride alone rather than ride with someone who’s going to make the situation worse.
Sure, I might get bucked off today, but I know my friends will be there and not leave me…even if they’re dying of laughter.