BJ challenged me to take my feet out of the stirrups, close my eyes, and put my arms out straight. The idea was to feel the horse and to trust him. I tried it. We were on a flat road, so it was easy to trust that I wouldn’t get knocked off by a branch. With my arms out and my fee out of the stirrups, I could feel the horse move underneath me. I could feel his muscles moving. I have tried trust walks, but I have problem that when I am walking or standing if I close my eyes, I fall over… On the horse, I didn’t have to worry about that. I just trusted him.
And then, I was filled with joy that I still can’t describe or explain. My eyes filled with tears. My chest filled with… something… and I just felt so completely happy.
The feeling (and the experience) only lasted for a few minutes. I am grateful I had those few short minutes. I hope to recreate them again on the horse and maybe in my relationships with others.