For all of you who don't know Lakota's story: I've owned him for over 3 years, and I'm the one who taught him everything he knows on the ground. When he turned 4 years old, I sent him to the trainer to be broke to ride. The trainer sent him back 2 weeks later telling me that he is skittish, unsafe, unbreakable, and told me to stay away from him at all costs. Well, on July 25th, I got on Lakota for the first time. I did all of the desensitizing on the ground, then hopped up in the stirrup. I leaned across his back for a minute and patted his other side, flapped the stirrup around, etc. He stood perfectly still. I did this a couple more times without any trouble..And then I decided to get on him. I don't know what I was expecting..Maybe a mental break down, a huge bucking fit? But when I sat in the saddle, he just stood there. Then he calmly walked a few feet with me. I grabbed the lead rope and said "whoa" and he stopped and stood there for me to dismount. I don't think that I could have been any happier. I was shaking so hard that I could barely breath. I wanted to talk, I wanted to cry. But all that I could do was laugh and smile and shake. Lakota just stared at me like I was a moron. After this happened, I decided that I just can't sell him. He's my soul horse. <3 I've decided that I'll be the one to break him to ride, with my dad's guidance and my brother's help.
I managed to stop shaking for a few seconds so I could get some pictures. lakota under saddle.jpg riding lakota.jpg
I'm going out to ride him again today, so please keep us in your prayers/thoughts!