My last post was filled with drama, it took a long time to get over having to say goodbye to Snazzy. I started working with my neighbor's horses, but that also had a terrible ending. Their marriage had some issues, and the horses were the ones to suffer most, as they weren't being cared for or fenced, and ended up causing a big accident on the state road on which we live. One older mare lost her life, and 2 others were injured. Thankfully, they are now being cared for, properly, and off the property.
I reconnected with a friend I met when I first moved up here. She owns 5 horses and lots of other animals, but doesn't ride. She's always said I could ride her horses, so I took her up on it. I'm riding a 6yr old buckskin mare, and having the time of my life!
This horse has taught me so much in such a short time, and has helped me to get over so many of my fears. She's super smart, and very sweet, but also very manipulative. The first few times I lunged her, she tried to kill me, but I was determined to work with her, and we are getting to a good place now.
This fast little horse, who loves to run, is learning to slow down. I actually got her to walk in the round pen the other day, which is a huge success for us! She rides out alone, which forces me to be her leader, something I've always struggled with. I have learned that I have to trust her in order for her to trust me. I have learned to laugh at her antics, but to never give up, and that each small victory is a huge step in the right direction.
I have always believed that everything happens for a reason, and Amica proves that to me over and over again. If I hadn't had to sell Snazzy, I never would have bonded with Amica, and my riding would have been standing still instead of improving each time.