Back in the Saddle
June was a whirlwind month between moving, securing new work, and embarking on this new journey of developing our dream, Wildspirite. In all my wildest dreams, I would have never imagined that life would begin falling into place so perfectly. We’re taking a trip to Lancaster tomorrow to pick up two Mustangs from Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue, who we will begin gentling and preparing for adoption. We will be documenting
each rescue horse’s progress in hopes that our readers will fall in love and open their hearts to each of these horses. If you would like to view other Mustangs currently available for adoption through Lifesavers, please visit their Adoption page online.
We recently packed our saddlebags, loaded up a few of our friend’s horses and headed up to Ponderosa for a breathtaking ride in the mountains. The drive alone is stunning, with thousands of trees dotting the mountains at depths cameras have still yet to be able to capture. As we ascended higher into the mountains, the blazing hot temperatures began to subside and the rich smell of the Sequoias and Pines filled the air. When we reached our destination, we were surrounded by purple flowers, bumbling bees and the whisper of the wind blowing through the pine needles as we unloaded our horses and tacked them up.
When we set off on the trail, a smile stretched across my face and I thanked God for blessing us with this new path we are on. When Alex and I began courting, I was at the point in my life where I had recently closed off the part of my heart that held horses dear, following the loss of my beloved Mustang, Eternity. Because of this, over the course of a couple of years, the two of us learned very little about each other’s love for and experience with horses. While Alex did not have many opportunities to spend time with horses during his childhood, their beauty and grace captured his heart from a young age. Having grown up with an Australian father, one of their favorite movies to watch together was The Man From Snowy River, a tale that made the brumbies of Snowy Mountain famous. I am so thankful to be married to a man that has a deep compassion and love for all of God’s creation, especially horses. It has been one of the greatest gifts to see Alex’s love of horses flourish over the past year as he’s taken every opportunity to be with them in stride and I cannot wait for him to experience the depths of the bond that is to be had with his own horse.
As I swayed back and forth in the saddle, rocking with my horse’s movements, I took in our tranquil surroundings in absolute awe. It felt as though we had turned back time, traveling through the ethereal forests of the medieval ages. When I think of the life God intended for us to have, moments like these stand out in my mind. Moments void of the anxieties of life that plague our days. Moments spent with our loved ones in peace and with joy. Moments that draw us closer to God out of sheer gratitude for what he has created for us to enjoy each and every day.