A View from the Top…of a Horse

I’m never going to be a great equestrienne, and that’s fine with me. I started way too late, ran out of money for lessons, and don’t have enough time to really get to be great. But, I’m better than I was, anyway!

One of the things I’ve always wanted to be able to do when I’m out riding Apache is to take pictures of some of the interesting plants, wildlife, and scenery I see when I’m out riding around the Hermits’ Rest. Up until recently, I haven’t been comfortable taking my phone along on rides, because my phone is a good one, and I could break it if I fall.

Walking the line of evergreens.

Sara has an inexpensive phone she uses, so that if there’s an emergency she can let our spouses know to come help. I just relied on that, until a few weeks ago when Sara ordered us some really nice holders that have a water bottle and a cell phone pocked in them. They attach to the front of the saddle and can be secured really well, so they don’t bounce and irritate our mighty steeds.

I used it last week, but mostly for the water, which was very welcome. This week, I thought I’d try to take a few photos. It’s easy to remove and re-insert the phone, I discovered, so that’s a plus. The zipper on the phone pouch is a good one.

I enjoyed getting some pictures of Apache’s head and of Sara riding on Spice. And naturally there had to be a Fiona photo. She was quite intent on scratching her ears and neck on this branch.

Ooh, that feels good!

We had a pretty good ride in the shady area of the horses’ usual pasture, though the number of strange noise-making devices they encountered during the say (tractors, motor scooters, cows in trees, etc.) didn’t make for calm and obedient mounts.

Apache did pretty well, though, and I finally did it. I got to take a photo of a plant that I didn’t know grew on our property! It’s snow on the prairie, one I love to see out in the fields this time of year.

Euphorbia bicolor

I’m glad to have this fellow to have fun with, even if he’s not always sound and I’m not the greatest leader. He makes me happy and calm.

I’m just waiting for this plant to grow tasty burs I can get in my mane.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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