Oh goodness...it's almost that time to start Thunder under saddle. We've done a year of groundwork, his teeth are floated, doc says his plates look good, and he's pretty much done growing, worked a bit in the saddle. I am getting so nervous/anxious/excited to work with him. I guess it kind of feels like how parents say "I just hope I can be the best parent I can be"...that's how I feel about this situation..."I just hope I can be the best rider for him". I've been watching videos of starting a horse and they usually turn out ok, some freak out, but I don't think Thunder will do that, plus we are going to be ponying for a while first. I just don't know if I can let my guard down and relax and trust him. It's so hard for me to get those bad thoughts of what ifs out of there! I'm up to the challenge, know what I have to do, but my nerves are getting the best of me. Just thought I would let out my anxieties a little. After all, it is my first horse I've trained...How can I not be a little nervous about getting on? I just have to clear my head and do it I suppose. Oh yes, and wear my helmet ;)
Thanks for letting me chat it up!