I’m paid to play with ponies….!
Today I was riding one of the polo ponies, Night, around the track in glorious sunshine. We were into our fourth or fifth minute of a twenty minute trot session. She has a lovely light trot so I was quite comfortable, despite my aching everything. As we rounded a corner and I looked down at this lovely thoroughbred mare who was so happily trotting along, I was hit with the realisation that this is my job. I may have voiced it to the poor girl who moved a little faster at my sudden outburst of “Oh my gosh! I get paid to ride horses…”
Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would come to this for me. I couldn’t possibly have imagined that one day I would be riding beautiful thoroughbreds and getting paid to do it. Not only that, but I am given the trust and responsibility to do it on my own. The past few days I’ve been riding them solo, no escort required, both on hacks and on the track. I’ve done very little riding out on my own, even at Eclipse I rarely took the horses out without anyone. So to suddenly be given the trust to just ride these horses is nothing short of amazing for me. And it scared me a little at first, having that responsibility. Because for a brief moment my brain told me I wasn’t good enough to do this, that I’d only end up letting everyone down and that it would all go horribly wrong. Of course, I told myself off for getting into such a state and got on with the job, as I should! And so far I think I am doing a good job, I’m keeping up with time scales, staying on my feet all day rather than collapsing as I thought I might, and getting my head around all the new terms and equipment. Dare I say it, I think I’m also making friends. Shock horror!
And today I had the wonderful and happy realisation that this is actually my job, I am earning money by doing what is almost every girls dream at some point in their lives. I think I am still in shock, because I still can’t quite believe I get to do this, every day! But there you have it, I do!
It really is quite wonderful.
I also have my own place, with all my things. It is a simple space, but brilliant and exciting for me to be living independently for the first time.
Happy days kids,