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Dog Hair & Mule Sweat

with Natalie Riehl

editor@rockymountainrider.com

 

December 2010 Issue  

 

     Thank you for picking up our annual December issue which features the “Kids & Horses Photo Album”— photos sent in by our readers.

     And a big thank you to all those people who sent in wonderful photos of kids having a great time riding horses! We appreciate each and every one, and the decision-making process was tough. We wish we could have printed them all, but the number of pages was restricted in this issue.

     Those extra photos may be found online on RMR’s website, so be sure to extend your holiday smiles with this collection of fine young people enjoying the best sport in the world — horseback riding.

     We are impressed with the broad variety of photos we received, and placed them into categories of Smiles, Americana , Determination, Action, and Work & Play. We filled in the descriptions with as much detail as we could get, and included the horses’ names, breeds and ages. What a variety of riding disciplines and horse sports are represented!

     As always, we are most appreciative of the “old teachers” — those graying, patient and kind animals, who know so much more about the world than their young riders do, and who may be depended on to give their hearts to their jobs. If you have such an animal in your life, be sure to give them an extra apple or carrot, because they really deserve the extra moment it takes to thank them!

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     Recently, at a party at some friends’ home, I stepped outside of their old farmhouse for a bit of fresh, night air. Their porch, with its single-bulb light, was piled high with split wood for the winter. The lawn and leaves under foot were damp from the light drizzle, and smelled singularly earthy and alive. Smoke from the wood-burning stove drifted its delightful scent by my nose. I looked up between the trees in the yard, and saw a break in the clouds which revealed a pair of stars. So simple. I felt thankful.

     Maybe it’s an “age thing,” but I seem to also appreciate simple evenings at home more and more. Maybe it’s because of the pressure of the high-tech world of the internet and computers and software and digital files which weighs on me and makes me frantic… makes me feel that I can never catch up.

     So there I was, last Saturday night, rinsing a large bunch of cilantro in the sink and picking the leaves from the stems. Sure, it’s a time-consuming vegetable to use, but I was determined to prepare the entire bunch. I was listening to music, dancing around in my bare feet, and feeling most contented to be doing a simple task that didn’t require much brain-power.

     Then I recognized that satisfaction was staring me in the face. Yep, de-stemming hundreds of sprigs of cilantro. And I realized that although satisfaction often seems to be elusive, the reality is that it is quite accessible. 

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     As I head into the holiday season, when falls finally freezes and becomes winter, when darkness creeps in before I leave the office, I want to remember to appreciate simplicity when it crosses my path. I want a release from “complicated,” which takes planning, time and money. I’ll spend extra time with my animals. I’ll read more. I’ll dance around the kitchen to all kinds of music!

     I wish you a joyful holiday and new year!

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