Horses are amazing creatures and I have always felt I had a symbiotic relationship with them. Even though they are big and strong and unpredictable, I have never felt fear around them. So I like horses. I am one of the millions of “girls” who really likes horses. I haven’t own my own horse since I left Mesa for college, but I try to be around them as often as I can. Today a new friend invited me to ride with a group that goes out every Sunday morning, of course I said yes immediately. I didn’t know what horse I would be riding, how old or young, how well trained, if much at all, but I do know that I believe the best view of the world is from the back of a horse. So today I put on a brand new pair of boots that I had purchased with the idea of dancing, not riding, but with no dance partner in sight it was waste not want not, so I showed up in my shiny new boots and goofy cowboy hat where I was escorted out to the barn to met Kelso. He was calm enough as I brushed him out, he let me clean his feet just fine, “Hey want to put that big old saddle on me. No Problem”. Kelso was a piece of cake. We rode out into a nice piece of desert near Cave Creek Road and it was there that Kelso begin to resemble his namesake, a character created by Ashton Kutcher on That 70’s Show. He was a big, good looking, airhead.
This meant that to keep me from doing a giant face plant off of him and completely ruining my coolness factor with these people, I needed to devote my full attention to riding him. You see, to Kelso the world is full of horse-eating fence posts, loose paper and, oh yeah, rocks. A horse who wants to survive has to stay vigilant and be able to jump sideways at a moment's notice to avoid being devoured by such predators. So as he danced all over the place I managed to stay with him and we made it safely back to the barn. it was an interesting, albeit tiring, few hours.
Ironically when a coyote wandered by looking us over, Kelso could not have been less impressed, or concerned. “Why get all worked up over that mangy thing when there’s a vicious looking candy wrapper lurking in those bushes?” Still Im very glad Kelso let me share his world with him and if I’m invited back I would be honored to ride him again. Now, that I look back over my life I realize I have always been a sucker for big, good looking, airheads. Especially if they can dance.