April having a flashback
Today was a perfect day for a nice ride on the trails.
April had been invited to go with a few of her friends from the barn. Early in the morning they had hooked up the trailer and loaded up the horses and headed to the park nearby. Once they arrived, they tacked up the horses and headed out. April was excited to be riding Chic. Her horse, Js Little Money or “Money” for short, got a little too excited on trail rides. Which made April tense up and overall just didn’t make trail riding a lot of fun.
“Chic is seriously the best horse for a trail ride” April stated
Justin chimed in “I agree, she is one you can absolutely trust and be relaxed on the whole ride.”
Many years back Chic had taken great care of Justin on a trail ride. He had go on a weekend trail riding event and had had a few too many beers while riding on the trails and by the end of the day he had passed out on Chic. The rest of the way back she made sure he stayed on and kept him safe even with him sleeping on her back.
Needless to say, April knew she was going to have a good ride. In her mind, it was a great day. There could be no better way to spend time than to be with a great group of friends on the back of horses.
As they were chatting away and making jokes at each other, a snake appeared on the trail. April and Chic were the first ones to come across the snake. As it started to slither away, Chic stayed confident and continued down the trail. April took a deep breath, she hadn’t noticed how quickly she had tensed up anticipating the mare to spook; but should have known better that she wouldn’t.
Play Day With King
April sat in the corner of the stall watching King play around with his Dam, Chic. As memories of the dam were flooding through her head, she could only imagine how great of a horse King was going to be. Would he be fun to take on trails too? Would he be easy to catch in the pasture?
As she was daydreaming, Carol walked into the barn.
“Hey! I was wondering where you were. What are you doing?” Carol asked
“I was just thinking about whether or not he will be a pain to catch in the pasture like his mom” – April
“Oh lord! I hope not! Chic has just started to let me catch her without any problems.”
Chic was easily one of the hardest horses to catch out in the pasture. Which always made for an interesting time. Sometimes we’d have to bring feed out in a bucket or treats just so she would come to us. However, if she had it set in her mind that she didn’t want to be caught that day… good luck!
“Hey, you want to go for a ride? I was thinking of lightly riding Chic bareback in the arena and let King run around next to us.”
“That sounds like fun! Let me go get Money and tack him up”
Once Carol and April were in the arena, King started to run around. The girls were having a good laugh watching him jump and run all around Chic. He was full of energy and testing out his little legs of his.
After he calmed down, the Girls rode next to each other and started to chat. “Soooooo how are you and Brandon?” Carol asked April. April rolled her eyes “We are alright, I have been pretty busy doing my own thing between work and school. Any free time, I want to be out here at the barn. Which annoys Brandon, but I really don’t care.” April and Brandon had been dating on and off for almost three years.
April quickly changed the subject to their plans for Friday night. She really didn’t like talking about Brandon, she was avoiding that subject as much as possible. Her family didn’t approve of him and her friends weren’t fond of him either. He was six years older than her and spent all of his free time playing video games and avoided all of April’s family get-togethers. April knew there was no long-term relationship with him, but every time she tried to break it off with him, it got very complicated.
“So are we going out Friday?” April asked Carol
“You bet! I am ready to get my dance on! I hated I had to work last Friday and couldn’t go out to Eagle Station”
Eagle station was a bar that April and her friends frequently visited on the weekends. Sometimes even on Wednesdays for karaoke night. In years past the building had multiple different restaurants so the setup was not a typical bar/dance floor setup. As soon as you walked through the door you could go up the steps to the left to the bar that had multiple tall tables or if you went to the right it led you straight onto the very small dance floor.
After their short ride, they put the horses up and went their separate ways to get ready for the night out.
“I’ll pick you up around 8:30!” April told Carol
“Okay! I can’t wait!”
April looked over the stall that King was in one last time before heading out. She thought to herself “He is just so handsome”
She got in her red mustang and drove off.
A Night Out
As the girls were headed to the bar April started to tell Carol about what happened before she picked up Carol.
April rolled her eyes “Brandon is not happy that I am going out tonight”
Carol looked over at April “Well he will just have to get over it”
“I don’t quite understand why I am still with him. At this point, I feel like it is just so he won’t threaten to do something stupid if I break up with him. I just don’t have time to deal with that drama between school, working, and riding.”
Brandon was a nerdy computer guy that RARELY left his computer unless it was to go to work with his dad as an electrician. April’s family could care less about him especially because he rarely came to family events and when he did come to family events he would just sit in one spot and stay on his phone.
It was important to April that her family loved who she was with and accepted him as part of the family. So she and Brandon would get into multiple arguments and at this point, April was just done with it, but at the same time didn’t like the idea of being alone.
“Just forget about it tonight and let’s go have an awesome time!” Carol said while dancing to the music in the car.
They walked through the doors at Eagle Station and took a minute to look around to see who was there and what was going on.
April had noticed that Sean was there. She had met Sean through Justin and Brad. They had brought him to the barn a few weeks back and April recognized him at one of the tables at Eagle Station, but she quickly turned her head after noticing him dancing with another girl.
“Let’s go get some drinks!” April shouted over the loud music to Carol
Unfortunately, Carol was still too young to drink, but that just meant April had a designated driver for the drive home.
After they grabbed their drinks, they found a place to sit down before it was time to dance the night away.
It took a while for April to get the nerve to dance, but after a couple of drinks, Carol and she were dancing to every song barely taking any breaks. Most weekend nights they were there till the bar would close and then head out to a restaurant that was open 24hrs. There were many times that April walked into her house at the same time her parents were getting up to go to work.