Hi all! Hey, Nicker: can you give me more info on that bareback pad? Am thinkin' if I can find it online,it would be something to save up for (also saving up for a Kindle, via my MicroCenter card [which I mostly use to feed ink to my printer]. Have wanted one for a loooong time). Wish I hadn't given away my hard back "Tao of Equus",as now I want to read it again (well,it went to a fine 12 y/o horsewoman,along w/other books,my grooming supplies,& one nice English saddle. That was my final Giving Up The Dream act,before my guardian angels pulled out their wild card on me, w/an apparent "Hah! Guess what,greenie,you ain't done yet...Let us introduce you to Janice,your instructor we've had waiting in the wings for a few minutes (sorry that it felt like years to you.."). L..O..L..Only things I kept was Sally Swift's "Centered Riding",a saddle stand,& a can of saddle soap (hear angel-giggle there: "Reckon that's all you needed,huh?!")
Read w/much interest Cynthia's description of her yesterday's adventure. Would love to watch you in action,Cynthia,& all of you,as well. I'd learn alot.
Back to the bareback pad: I almost forget that's what I'm on. Am positive it's teaching me real balance & seat. I'm not gripping my legs anymore. "Past life" was an English saddle. It will be an experience the first time I'm on a Western saddle (the last & only one I was on was the one I flew off of!)
Had a cookie incident w/Tommy yesterday, will ask Janice about it on Monday. He knew I had it in my pocket, & has never misbehaved on the way back to his pen before,but this time he was pushing @ me rather forcefully. I hollered "No Tommy!" which had no effect, so tossed the lead rope around his nose & pretty much pushed him into the pen. Tossed the cookie in his grain pan (my personal rule,no hand feeding),but it took him a minute to realize it was there. He really misbehaved. Probably shouldn't have given him the cookie @ all, but that's what I'd do w/a dog,& since horses aren't dogs...this is my latest question on getting & keeping the upper hand. Hmmm... Suggestions,Professionals? Thought about sticking the cookie in my hat instead, but until I can make him behave,he'll likely just figure it out & take my hat off.
Have a good Friday everyone,have a good weekend! I'm off to attack the bedroom & closet....