It was really nice to be back in town this weekend after all the travel lately! Yesterday was really fun — Matt and I randomly bought a Living Social deal ages ago for a 1 hour horse back riding lesson and yesterday was the big day.
Our deal was for a place called Triton Stables about 45 minutes away. They were great! Highly recommended if you are in the area and looking to ride.
I’ve only ridden horses a few times before — back in the day at Girl Scout camp, and also once in New Zealand when I was studying abroad. I’ve always loved riding so it was fun to get back out there 🙂 Our instructor, Austin, was great, too.
The lesson was really cool because at Triton Stables they teach English style riding, not Western riding. In English riding, you “post” or “rise to the trot”, which means that you rise up and sit back down in rhythm with the horse’s stride. It’s what you see the jockeys doing in horse races!
It was really cool to learn how to do — and a serious leg workout, too! It’s basically like doing squats endlessly. Those jockeys are hardcore!
It was awkward and a bit scary at first because you don’t have anything to hold on to but the horse’s mane and if you’re not doing it right you’re just getting bounced around. But once we got the hang of it it was really cool 🙂 Felt very fluid!
We got to practice steering the horses around on our own some, too. Harder than it looks 😉
The horse we rode was named Mariah:
She was very sweet and calm 🙂
Apparently horses LOVE being brushed. She had her eyes half closed while we were brushing her and looked like she might fall asleep!
After our horse back riding adventure, Matt and I ventured the half mile over to Falls Lake — a blog reader recommended it awhile ago and it was so close to the stables it was perfect!
Swimming was pretty much the best thing ever after getting super sweaty riding horses in jeans on a 90 degree day.
They had these dog cutouts along the shore in a few places. Random?! Maybe to keep away other animals at night?
We brought along our new goggles to try, too — I’ve been searching for some good ones and Matt didn’t have any, so we decided to give the Aqua Spheres a try after a bunch of you recommended them.
Matt liked the goggles, but unfortunately they were letting in some water for me 🙁 I have a tiny nose bridge and need a really small nose area, and these were too wide. Sigh. Back to the drawing board! Any ideas?!
In other news — I’m getting a new banner made for my blog! I love my current one, but I want my banner to match my business cards and include my logo so everything is more streamlined. Below are two samples that my graphic designer, Bailey, created for me.
What do you guys think? Love them? Hate them? Like them but think other photos would be better instead? I wanted to include a nice mix of different types of food, and also include something running related. Please share your thoughts! 🙂
And speaking of my graphic designer, Bailey, she’s hosting a giveaway for a complete blog design package — a logo, a blog header, a blog button, and a business card design. Check it out! She’s awesome 🙂