New Year's morning, my next door neighbor girl and friend came to ride at 7:00 a.m. The last time they came, it was a fiasco, and I felt so sorry for them. We had made plans for the little beginner friend to ride. She was so excited. But the horse I planned to borrow became suddenly unavailable, so we were just riding my horses in the paddock and pen.
Since I normally ride trails, my two horses didn't behave for the girls in the paddock and pen. The girls got discouraged, gave up, and went home. I assured them if they came back over the Christmas break, I would take them on a trail ride, and it would be good.
So they came this morning, and it was all good. I was able to use my beginner-friendly Chorro, whom I couldn't use last time. I rode Acicate, who tests new riders and my young neighbor had failed the test. And the raw beginner got my ever steady takes-care-of-novices Isabeau.
It was very cold for us Floridians, 32 F, and of course the girls have no clue about how to dress in freezing weather. They had on little sweatshirts and no gloves. Luckily, I have been dealing with kids and cold for many years, and I had extra layers, gloves, and hand warmers for them. My new beginner got to practice corto for a long long time. She thinks now she can really ride because my Pasos corto along so smoothly, it's just a joy to experience. It was such a fun ride, a huge contrast to the debacle of a month ago, and a great start to the new year.