twin in the city

twin in the city

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

horseback riding in the tuscan hills.

over the weekend i had the opportunity to ride a horse for the very first time. since it's always been my dream to live on a farm, you can imagine how excited i was. i don't know how it took me 22 years to hop on a saddle. i've always envied people with horses. anyway... when we got to the stables i was terrified! when these big horses were in front of me, i looked at them and said to myself, "i'm going to ride that thing?!" side note: i sort of imagined my first lesson being in english. 

my sister and i watched our friends ride around the ring and nearby trails, and were perfectly fine with just watching. but nope...the farm owners kept yelling 'gemelle! gemelle!' which means 'twins' in italian. there was no way they were not going to let us slip by. so finally, it was my turn. an italian man who works on the farm guided my horse while i rode it in circles for a good half hour. our program coordinator even told me i had great posture! (that's the first time i've ever heard that, in my life) i absolutely LOVED being up there. it was so calming, so peaceful. although i didn't try any trails, it's not the end of riding for me! i would love to try it again. and again. anyone with a lot of patience and a friendly horse want to teach me? :)

 twin in all her farm glory. 
 they loved the camera. 
 my friend hilary actually owns a horse back home,
 so she was completely in her element, all day. 
 then we found some kittens.

xo, m.

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