@ Lenuccia: I've read a bunch of riding books about teaching her and about teaching me how to ride. But it seems like no one in my family ever has time for me
I swear, they never have time for anything involving me.
And I've also had a rider that's ridden her whole life give me some information.
She's 3 years old. And I just built a new corral before I read this, and its working great. Not a fancy one, but it will do. Just the right size for a beginner.
@ Tinylily: I haven't been rushing her ;) I've took this slowly. I've taught her to stand still while I mount her, and not go anywhere until I nudge her side a little bit.
@ GeminiJumper: I always wear a helmet when I mount a horse (I have ridden a few times) just in case I would happen to fall off on my head. But I mostly land like a cat on all fours when I fall off anything. But I know a helmet is needed. Also, I'm going to ride Western, and in the shows, they don't wear anything but cowboy and cowgirl hats. Maybe its because your less likely to fall off in western saddles? I've never been in a western saddle before. And you also got the reins part right. I do not have a saddle, but we're getting one in a few more weeks.
Everyone's information I'm proud to share about Flower:
Today a lady we know that's ridden a ton of horses, and is very experienced, came out today and rode her. At first she gave a small buck, not even enough to launch her forward or to hurt anyone, just raising her back hooves up about an inch from the ground, then relaxed. I walked her around the little corral I built, then let the lady take over. She did very well with voice commands, and the reins when she was told what to do. Until we got out to where the tall grass was, and she didn't want to listen to anybody, just wanted to eat the grass. She never tried to buck the lady off, though, which was a good sign, because finally she pulled back on the reins, not enough to hurt her, and she came up and got the signal that the person on her back didn't want her to do this, and just trotted on. Its a good thing I have a lane, away from the grass and the road, to walk on solid ground.
I'm thinking I only need a bit of training with her.. Because the way she acted, obedient and calm today, she has to have been ridden before. Unless she learned by herself or something.
Happy to annouce that!