A friend of mine posted these old pictures of Ghazal and me on facebook today:
|Ghazal is a very touchy, feely kind of horse.|
|Or maybe he is just a very itchy horse, lol|
|Yes, I really did/do have a purple bridle. What can I say? And oh my gosh the doily on his head!!|
These pictures both make me smile and make me a little sad, not sad-sad just... I don't know, wistful I guess. They are from when Jay and I were stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. There were miles of trails just off the barn on post. My friend and I spent many hours riding together. One time I even rode Ghazal all the way to the back yard of my house. I don't think we were "technically" supposed to ride there but nothing was marked so you always had an easy excuse if you got caught.
I also remember once when we ran into a company doing training exercises. The person in charge, I don't remember his rank, had all of his soldiers lay down, hidden in the grass along the trail we were riding. I'm not sure how we avoided not stepping on anyone because it totally freaked Ghazal out. This was NOT normal human behavior and he was pretty sure it was a trap.
Man, it just reminds me of all the many, many wonderful memories I have with this guy. They were different than the ones I'm making with Loki, of course. We never really did any formal training. I was practically self taught after the walk, trot, canter basics. It's amazing we turned out as well as we did, honestly. But we had such a great partnership. I could just think about what I wanted to do and Ghazal was on it, well, unless it was something scary and then we had to discuss it sometimes, but really it was so amazing.
It makes me realize I'm not quite there yet with Loki. That's okay, too, because Ghazal and I were partners for over 20 years and some things only come with time and experience. But, I think Loki and I are on the right track and I can't wait to get there. It's not that it will be the same, because it won't, but it will be beautiful and wonderful in it's own way.
But I still do miss the old man and our many adventures together. I have been pretty good in keeping with my goals so far and have seen him basically once a week since the first week of January. I hope that I can increase that when the weather gets better.