Ace and I officially have someone to half-lease him, and she’s going for her first solo ride tonight. I feel like a first-time mom putting her kid on the bus to school for the very first time (which I will be in just a few short years, too!). Whose idea was this?
Oh, right. It was mine.
I decided to half-lease Ace during my pregnancy ages and ages ago, when I very first started to even entertain the idea of having a baby. First, I knew I wouldn’t ride the whole time and didn’t want him to go out of condition. Second, I won’t be able to keep working at the barn to reduce my board costs. This was a great way to kill two birds with one stone.
It’s going to be great for Ace to have someone to ride him a few days a week – especially since he’ll mostly be going for nice walks out on the trail with Niki, the appy mare he loves. It will be nice for his leasee, who hasn’t gotten to ride much in years and who will now have the opportunity to ride regularly with her mom (who owns Niki). It will be nice for me to know that he has someone who will care for his well-being in the same way that I would to help keep him going.
But I’ve never ever had somebody riding my horse without me present. Tonight will be the first.
It’s a lovely, sunny, crisp fall day in Ohio and I’m sure they’ll have a wonderful time. But a small part of me is worried because I won’t be there. And a bigger part of me wishes that it was me heading out for a pleasant afternoon ride.
But I know that in the end it will all be worth it, and this is the best option for Ace and I and my baby.