I spent the past three days doing some of this.
A lot of this.
And overall relaxing and hanging out with my family.
It was a good, very needed break. Also, my brain is on vacation mode a little bit still, which would explain the overall lack of content for this post. I sat down on the couch when I got home last night to write blog material, but instead it pretty much came out more like “blog good horse things durrr yes.” Not my intention.
I did want to share a small epiphany I had while cruising around the intracoastal waterway with Tim and my brother this weekend – boat lovers are much like equestrians. My brother is a boating and fishing enthusiast, and that is his horse.
First, I thought about the different stereotypes boaters fall into… not that dissimilar to our equestrian groups. Here’s my stab at it, guaranteed to piss at least one person off.
My family for sure falls into the “Hunter Princess” boating group, as we’ve always had saltwater fishing boats. For my brother, the boat is to be kept in pristine condition at all times. He is constantly looking for ways to improve the boat, optimize the boating/fishing experience and of course lusting after an even better boat for the future. I’m sure we can all find some parallels with that to horses!
Boaters also are a fan of logos, embroidery and branding. My family got a slew of “Red Tide” (the new boat name) merchandise embroidered to pass out to friends. My hat is yellow with a horse on the side, and the “Red Tide” logo on the front. All the luxury yachts also embroidery the boat’s name on everything. Boats have colors and a color scheme just like barns do.
You can also usually find a faithful dog (or two) at a boater’s sign. No, they don’t have as many Corgis and Jack Russell Terriers as we do… but Labrador Retrievers reign supreme here.
And I have to admit, my brother’s Lab is a pretty cool boating dog.
So while I was the only one in my family to get a passion for horses, I wasn’t the only one to get a passion at all. I usually only get to the beach with my family once a year, but I enjoy relaxing and seeing their happy place through their perspective.