My First Rodeo by Sydney Horlacher


Yesterday afternoon, a group of us took a trip out to the countryside of Scotland to do some horseback riding at the Edinburgh and Lasswade Riding Centre. I haven’t been on a horse since I was about 11, so I was a little nervous to say the least. We arrived and got all geared up and were right away put on top of the horses without much instruction on what to do once we hit the trails. This made me nervous but it didn’t take me long to figure out that horses are extremely smart and habitual animals. My horse Roma made it easy on me because she knew to just follow the rest of the group in a single file line. This was not her first rodeo!! As soon as we got on the trail, we were faced with something I have never been exposed to while horseback riding. We immediately started going downhill towards a river. I had no idea that we would be riding the horses through water, but my horse knew exactly what to do. We ran into some trouble when the horse in front of us started getting feisty. Taylor, who is also an inexperienced rider, had a white horse who kept glaring back at Roma and I. The horse even started backing up and kicking it’s back leg out at us! Me, being the worrier that I am, start immediately panicking. After this happened a few times, I figured out how to get Roma to give the horse in front of us some more space. After this I became really comfortable riding Roma around the gorgeous Scottish countryside. Despite her stopping every couple of minutes to grab some grass to eat, I got the most friendly and tamed horse ever! I am so so glad that I decided to go horseback riding with the group. The scenery was breathtaking and it’s always healthy to get yourself out of your comfort zone every once in a while. I’m thankful that Sue gave me this advice just the day before at dinner. I will be thinking about this advice as I go through life and continue to challenge myself to grow as a person.

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  1. Aunt Deby says:

    Sounds like so much fun, I would have been nervous too, so glad you got Roma, she sounds like the perfect horse to ride and enjoy the country side!


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