I’ll consider myself an avid rider for the moment. The first time I rode a horse was when my trainer plucked me off the ground, from atop a tall horse mind you, and plunked me down onto said horse. He then proceeded to gallop 6467, the horse’s racing name and number, at full speed.
It was exhilarating and supposedly terrifying too, though I don’t recall feeling any fear. I remember my eyes tearing up due to the wind and the world around me reduced to blurry shapes. My heart was beating to the sound of stomping hooves.
I rode and jumped Tai Yan, sun in Chinese, for two years before stopping due to health reasons.
One of the first things I saw upon arriving at OVS was an Equestrian coach, sitting on a horse, and watching the cars go by.
The first day of sports I nearly hurtled myself into the barn to reunite with equine life.
After two more years riding horses and training ponies I’d say I’m quite familiar with equine creatures, big or small.
Dwarf. Miniature. Horse.
IN WHAT WORLD DO HORSES COME IN THAT SIZE.
During camp I finally got a chance to explore the Back Pastures. Malachi, the Dromedary Camel, was the focal point of the back pastures, mooing and grunting and giving icky sloppy kisses.
After escaping Malachi I look around and practically trip over what I thought was a baby pony.
“Hey Little Bit!” our counselor croons, bending down to pet the creature. “This is Little Bit, our Dwarf Miniature Horse!”
OH MY GODS.
I stood gaping for a full minute trying to make sense of the little horse.
I did not understand how horses could be dwarf miniatures.
I felt like I had grown six feet because we were surrounded by miniature horses and they were so tiny. Little Bit dwarfed them all though and I was just speechless because it felt like Mother Nature bungee-jumped in front of my face waving a flag and said “NOPE”.
But not in the bad way. Walking around the mini-horses was an adorable experience but every second of it I was thinking “what is going on what is happening where am I what world is this.”
I’m still slightly in shock and denial.