I brought Dobe and Denny over to my Mom's place with the intention of taking them to the lake and swimming over here. Anyway, we went and they both did great (Denny had never been in REALLY deep water before). I finally talked my Mom into gettin on Dobe and going in the water.
Let me give you some background on her. She is turning 56 this month and has had Multiple Sclerosis since 1993. She recently had another exacerbation where she lost more feeling in her legs and lost more muscle control in her whole body. She is not a horsey person at all and has not even been on a horse in almost 10 years (and never bareback). She was a little nervous at first because Dobe can be a lot of horse sometimes. I helped her climb on bareback and she walked him around for a minute. He acted like he hadn't a care in the world. He was perfectly content to just stroll along at a nice slow walk and if she started to get off balance, he would slow down more and move sideways to stay under her. I just sat there watching as a smile crept its way onto her face. She has never been comfortable on a horse and to see her relax enough to let go of his mane was just amazing. I went and got on Denny and we spent the next half hour or so just walking out into the deep water and talking. He never once went faster than she asked him to even when Denny got excited and got a long way ahead. He just continued to plod along. She was concerned with falling off but she never even came close. It was just incredible to see her so relaxed and laughing on a horse........... bareback.......... in the middle of a lake.
I was just so proud of Dobe because he seemed to know that she was a little fragile and needed just a touch of extra care.