You will, Cherri!
That was one of those things I always told myself was "for other people" and that I would never feel safe enough on horseback to even consider trying. Even with Lacey.
I mean, heck, I've been riding her for 5 and a half years and that was the first time!! And only our second time bridleless, ever. Probably her second time bridleless in her whole life too, since she had no idea about neck reining or leg aids [besides "go faster" when I got her...
In any case, you'll get there. <3
I agree, Christy!! SO awesome. I wanna go do it 50 more times.
Haha Allyson, I SO get that!! That sounds so scary!
I rode this old QH gelding who was THE BEST...except for one little thing: he would always buck when he was cantering. Looking back, I'm sure it was a pain issue, but I knew nothing about saddle fit or anything like that back then!
My instructor always told me to "ride through it" and I always tried, but I ended up on the ground more often than not. Or smashed into the arena wall, or thrown into a jump....thank goodness I wore a helmet during those lessons!
But that old guy really started my love of old horses, He was ancient and was always really depressed, so I started grooming him after my lessons - trying to cheer him up. Somehow the attention kind of made him "come alive" again... My instructor was kind of floored because, I guess, she had never seen him engage with anyone in all the years he had been boarded there.
Then I asked if I could start riding him in my lessons and I think I rode him in lessons for..4-ish years, plus I had permission to come out and mess around with him whenever I wanted.
But anyway, he was generally a sweetie excepppppt for cantering. I'm 100% sure it was a pain issue which makes me sadder that it scared me so much since it probably hurt him a lot too. BOO.
I don't know what happened to him..he's probably gone now. That barn is gone now and he was really old+his owners had abandoned him there years before I met him... Ah man, hopefully he had a kind end.
In any case, he was the best and was part of what prepared me for Lacey so I'm extremely grateful for him.
For that matter, I'm pretty sure HE is pretty much 100% why I stuck with horses through my teen years.
And he's definitely why I love underdog horses so much! haha
Lacey makes me brave. I really can't describe it in words, but she just has a "vibe" of safety. She's like that line from one of the Narnia books, referencing Aslan [Lacey is Aslan in this scenario] - "'Safe?' said Mrs. Beaver...'Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good.'"
She's not "safe" and she makes sure to remind me of that often, but she's 100% good. :)
Aw, thanks Zexious!! Would you believe that I'm 5ft 8in and she's only 14.1??! hahahaha She's such a roly-poly little thing!
Onto the news side of things:
1. The term is OVER!! YAY!!!!!! You guys have NO idea how much I needed this term to be done.
Now I just hope I passed everything...Yikes.
2. Gman, a friend of ours, and I are going to the zoo next Thursday!
Said friend lives a few hours away and she's coming up for her spring break. Gman and I both wanted to hang out with her, plus it's been a while since Gman and I had hung out together = Emily coming up the genius idea that the 3 of us go to the zoo together. YAY!
Gman told me that I should invite NG. HA! NO.
Gman can be so intimidating, poor NG would be scared off.
Plus NG hasn't even met-met Gman yet - NG will see me talking to Gman, then sneak by real covertly, sneak back again, etc etc. He acts like he wants to talk, but he never stays close for long enough for me to invite him into the conversation.
In any case, Gman reallly wants poor NG to come. haha
3. Hazel got sheared last Saturday! She is nekkkked.
4. Lacey is shedding SO much! I took my cat's Furminator up to the barn and WOW. That thing works SO well!! It's a miracle. It's a "longhaired" one which I think helps - Lacey has a really thick coat and a lot of shedding tools don't really get in there "enough."
Her shoulders are close to being "done" - I'm so excited!!
In other news, I clipped off her winter "beard" on Monday so hellllo cute Lacey face!
As you can see, clipping her face is a major production. ;)
5. In Atticus news, he's turning into quite the "lap-goat".... I sat down next to him while he was laying down, again, and "plunk" - his head was on my thighs. Hahaha! What a cutie. :)
In other Atti news, He's finally got "bow" figured out and now we're working on "circle". He figured out the concept of "circle" pretty quickly last night so hopefully that one will be fast!
I'm always impressed with how fast he picks new things up.
He's also recently started figuring out that "shake hands" can be done with either front hoof = he's started offering one or the other! I only trained the trick using his brown front leg - this "both legs" concept is completely him. I'm proud!
OH! ALSO. The other day I trimmed one of his back hooves and, immediately post-trimming, he showed absolutely no shyness about he touching hi rear or his leg! Usually he's nervous about that, right after a trim. But this time he was just nervous during the trim, nd not at all after. Yay!!!
6. In other animal-related news, remember how the pasture owners have those really wild llamas over in the other pasture?
And how the brown one is tentatively my friend?
I'm pretty sure she thought I had food, but still! She's never, ever, been that "friendly" with me before! YAY! So exciting!
7. NG news.
On Sunday it was weird. Real, real, weird.
He lurked around while I talked to Gman, but didn't come over [I wish he had! I really want them to meet]. Maybe this Sunday that'll happen somehow.
He didn't sit with me, again.
But he did go out of his way to tease me unnecessarily about a few things and do that little "hey"+head-nod thing guys do when they want to say hi but aren't sure about things.
Internally I'm wanting to freak out and be all "why aren't we friends anymoreeeee???"
[to which he would probably say something about how we aren't friends - did I tell you about that? a few weeks ago I said to him that something was ok because "we're friends" and he quickly retorted "nope, we're not friends."]
BUT, I'm playing it cool and being all "whatever" about the whole thing. Cool like the iceberg that sank the Titanic.
So I told you guys about how he's always talking to me in-person about my Facebook posts but never likes/comments on anything?
Yesterday I posted that llama video with the caption of "why hello there, Llama BFF"
This morning I get on FB and he's liked that video AND commented about how my "captions are always hilarious."
WHAT IS HAPPENING. Best thing ever.
Anyway, that is basically what has occurred in my life since last Fridayish.
OH! I think someone mentioned something about not knowing about Duke[ina]?
She's this coyote who lives in the pasture and who is friends with Atticus. She's really sweet and shy and wonderful.
Here are some pictures from last spring:
I hope you guys are all doing great!!