06-17-2013, 07:21 PM
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Got home an hr1/2 ago,& just read posts of today,& "liked liked liked!" You'all are great; so no,Lori,am not leaving,glad to be here,& appreciate Nickers' "no judging" comment (in view of other areas.) I feel that here,no judging,& that I'm accepted.So there! Feel I can ask any questions whatsoever.
And (sound the trumpets) cleaned ALL the pens,18 horses! Not as hot today,but still sucked down the water bottle & tho didn't stick my head in a water trough,did hose my head & hat several times.Took a break 2/3 thru,went to tackshed & ate my yogurt.Did it tho,got it done.
Then took a break,cooled off,went & got Addie.Groomed him very well to spend some time w/him (Janice took one look,said "Dang,you know what you're doing,I'm going to go do supplemental feeding"),& I did know enough to not let him mutual-groom me(which he tried,as he was so delighted w/the process!). After that plopped on my helmet,led Addie to the round-pen,&w/Janice on leadrope,got on..didn't barf,but the butterflies were intense. I felt like an idiot,but Janice reminded me that a traumatic crash has that effect. So,trusted.Walked a few paces,then a few more (this is all on a bareback pad,Janice wants me to feel the movement,& not rely on stirrups to feel "safe").Got off(mounting block),then decided to get right back on,& asked Janice to do a smallish circle.That was enough to put myself down into Addie's walk,to feel the "rocking",& it was good.Then I dismounted,being worn out from the morning,& it was all "good enough".Seems odd that 9 yrs ago I was able to do a fast posting trot w/no problem,but that's water under the bridge! Very happy w/my progress today.