What I learned (or re-learned) after spending an entire morning with my Mom 45 minutes away at Carefree Ranch in the country side of Chapel Hill:
North Carolina does "a drive in the country" like nowhere else I've been.
I want to re-do our gates to look just like those at the entrance to the ranch, but I won't.
My mom also felt like she was "ruining her children" when she was in the throes of motherhood.
Zoysia Turf grass (see above) is the new green.
A Canter is like a gallup but not as fast.
There is "Western pleasure" riding and English riding and different saddles and posture for each.
The owners of the ranch also own Charlie Hilfiger.
Charlie Hilfiger is a Stallion whose semen is shipped worldwide for breeding purposes.
You can begin horseback riding lessons as early as 4-years-old.
When the horse puts his ears back, it is a sign that he is unhappy.
When the horse puts his head down it is a sign he is getting ready to buck.
When the horse is getting ready to buck, sit "on your pockets" and yank the reigns back.
Spinning at the YMCA does not prepare ones behind for the after pains of riding horseback.
I want my own wooden windmill up on the hill.
I want two cats, named Juice and Pepper.
I want my own horse.
I want my own ranch.
And now I'm determined to get Lucy into lessons. As I was leaving she begged me to take her along. In an effort to persuade me she pronounced, "I'm brave enough!" And one must be brave to mount and trust such a huge and wild animal.
The whole experience was, as they say, bucolic.