Common Cliché Phrase: Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

Funny how I’ve been trying to arrange a horseback riding outing in Florida for years and it takes my little sister in New York to coordinate a ride while I’m visiting her there for my summer vacation!

Horseback riding offers many things. Quiet, quality alone time in the woods to be one with nature, fast gallops when you feel the need for speed, therapy for those that might need assistance due to medical conditions or just plain relaxation for the pure love of horses and the wilderness for people like me!

I was literally “back in the saddle” and was riding while I shot this image and many others. Felt so good to be out there riding horses again!! I had a hard time deciding which was more fun, taking photographs, scuba diving or riding again. Pretty special when you truly love more than one hobby. I consider myself lucky!

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Speed

Speed

Speed

A regular ride for humans but a speedy one for doggies! She’s at such peace with it all and is just taking it all in.

I especially like this particular angle that I shot showing the white line with the white car and the white lights from the vehicle way behind us. They must be texting though; they’re mainly on the inside of the bike path!!

The Eye

The Eye

The Eye

My younger sister resides in upstate New York and graciously arranged a horseback riding outing for our family during our current summer vacation!  The riding stables and farm are located in Pittsford, New York and the non-profit is called ‘A Horse’s Friend’ which provides growth and an alternative opportunity for all of the participants, both children and adults. With the combination of the program director, trained staff and volunteers, new and successful opportunities are the only outcome. Their program promotes responsibility, horse etiquette and horseback riding, and a safe environment for guests, guides and horses!

The land is untouched and protected public property forever to be kept that way. It has rolling hills and a canopied forest. Wild flowers and herbs a plenty!

My horses name was Karl. “Karleone” is the stud in the group. He was a complete gentleman with me and didn’t even need me to hold my reigns. It was a peaceful ride and by the end, we could look eye to eye. My butt is another story.

A Bird’s Eye View

Bird's Eye View

Bird’s Eye View

I am part of a group of endothermic vertebrates. I have feathers, a beak, a high metabolic rate, and I enjoy sitting on eggs. This is a view of my hood in upstate New York. My cousin Vinnie is around here somewhere. I am among the most intelligent animals. You can tell by the fact that I surround myself with really kind human beings that put food out for me almost daily and I get to take in this view of the lake all year ’round!