Been catching up on posts;happy birthday Rick! Am way pooped but happy (hope this next work week doesn't take the happy away). Did my cleaning,front pens didn't get done yesterday,so 2x as much there,but got thru it (was hard today;after some time w/this,maybe will get easier),then did a few water troughs that needed done. One of them was for young miss BlackBeauty. She was very curious.Got her away from me,then when was scraping @ algae,felt a tug on my right jean's leg! Immediate response was a loud "NO!" & clapped my hands. Wee thing backed up,then came back,& swear she was giggling. Tapped her on the chest w/"back up" several times till she finally did it. She doesn't know this stuff yet,& guess she just wanted to play (which she finally got to do,once the trough was full;apparently water is great fun). I continued w/the trough next to her,while she whinnied & wanted to be paid attention to. Petted her quite abit. Janice said she needs more attention,her owner isn't out much.
Then: got my lesson! Told Janice earlier that I had in mind to walk on my own. I got out Addie, & she got out Tommy (20something,brown/white,she said he'd be Navajo Paint if he was registered[he has markings for what grassland he's allowed on]).He's just abit taller than Addie,but way bigger everywhere else(hoofs 2x the size of Addie's,as a gauge,Janice thinks there's Draft in there somewhere). I got on Addie,who's wiggly/rock'n'rolly,&walked (barebackpad) w/Janice on lead rope.Worked on my balance. Then she got me on Tommy's big broad back. My butt & legs fit much better,& his movement is really smooth. After a few turns around the paddock (& Janice having me lean all the way down on Tommy's neck,then back on his butt[which hurt,as my back is messed up from my job,but bet that helped],& tried eyes-closed to feel movement,but got dizzy), she unhooked the lead rope,told me how to how the reins,& I walked him several times around the paddock w/Janice walking @ his head. even tried a couple of turns. Tommy felt more comfortable,didn't feel like I was gonna pitch off the sides. Did alot of work w/opening my diaphragm to keep my shoulders back (as crouched forward a couple of times in fear-response),keeping my legs gently "noodled" around him on the pad until I pressed for a forward,& basically just tried to feel it..& I did remember to breathe!
Janice said she hadn't wanted to start me out on Tommy,because of the fear-factor(well,he's big,if short),but that he may now be my lesson horse. He has a big stride,big body,solid feet,& feels the rider (he stopped a few times,when I became unsure,& looked to Janice. She said he wanted to be sure that she was ok w/me being unsure,so that he could be sure; he's just leaning to be a therapy horse). This was a good day.
So..there's my Monday new!
Onward & Upward, I'm Not Done Yet...