This week was a tad calamitous for Sage Farm Girl and consequently gave rise to a goodly dollop of soul searching and digging deep as she attempted to work it all out. The question: Just what sort of person am I (Our Farm Girl is not one to shy away from the big questions.).
The cause: Her (inevitable) first equine fall.
Presto is not the most enthusiastic worker horse. He makes his Why canter when you can trot, why trot when you can walk, and why walk when you can stand stubbornly still ethos pretty clear. Usually he and Farm Girl can reach an understanding, but this week he sensed a weakness as she practiced moving from a trot to a canter without reins. Farm Girl’s unscheduled dismount was graceful but it’s still a fair way to fall and tears were shed. It was these tears that caused the soul searching. She doesn’t want to be a softy! She wants to be nuggetty and feisty and fearless like all her current heroes: Zoe from Free Rein, Anne Shirley Cuthbert (Anne with an e), and her latest idols, the Wilson sisters from Keeping up with the Kaimanawas
We took her chosen words
as a good indication our soothing ones had been of some use to her.
We are always evolving
Even the Wilson girls cry sometimes
and it takes 100 falls to make a good rider – now you only have 99 to go (this final gem from her horse riding instuctor, Jordana, as Farm Girl dried her tears, dusted herself off, and accepted the leg-up back into the saddle).
I’m pretty sure horse riding features large in Farm Girls future, she has been bitten by that bug good and proper, and I also know without doubt she will be able to sustain herself with her cooking
It’s so cool watching her as she works out the massive possibilities of what she may be.