It has been adjustment moving from a 17 acre farm to a much, much, smaller one. There is not much room here. There is no wash stall (yet). There is no cross country I have built for the last 6 years. There is no 200x180 groomed professionally installed ring to ride in with big arena lights at night. Yet here I am, riding two horses a night.
The footing in my "ring" is just dragged grass. The ring is uneven although fairly flat. It can be hard. It can be lumpy. I pick rocks and sticks out of it every day. There is no fence around it, no gate. There are no lights, no fancy jumps or room to do whole courses. Yet here I am, riding in the darl, and my horses are improving.
The biggest change I have noticed in down sizing my farm and not having boarders, is that I have much more time to ride. To stand in their stalls, and just hang out. Sure there is work to do. Things to fix. Things to build, improvements to be made. But here I am, riding. Almost every day, my horses are working.
And the funniest thing of all? They are going better than ever. Penny has improved more in the last two months than she has the entire time I have owned her. Indy steadily improves and we are becoming a team. Valley has noticeable improvements every single ride. So what is the magic that is happening?
You don't need fancy, you just need functional. You just need a dream and a plan. At least for me that's it. I am the happiest I have been in a long time, and it is reflecting in my riding and thus, in my horses. There is no excuse not to ride. I'm riding in a bumpy field in the dark, but my horses and I don't seem to mind one bit.