Archive for April 25th, 2011

Our Moment Has Come

We had our second riding lesson and my girl did awesome! She worked for a while on the ground with Gary and the whole time I kept saying to myself, “Ok, I want to get on now!”. I must remember to be patient, though, for it’s what got us to where we are now. Take the time it takes, baby steps… baby steps. It was finally time to get on and she stood perfectly still under my wiggling and maneuvering. I really need a smaller cinch so the saddle won’t slip.

Being the smart girl she is, Cass always checks to see if Gary’s hiding any treats…

“Dang it! I’m supposed to do this for free?!”

We are both intently listening to our trainer.

Must not have got it and had to be shown. Gary is very patient with us newbies. I would think most would not train a green rider and green horse together!

Cass is trying to figure out what I want her to do. We wait to allow her to think as I’m giving slight kicks…

Gary gives and releases just the right amount of pressure from the rope halter as her feet begin to move. Horses learn from the release of pressure – “What do I do to get her to stop kicking me? When I walk, she stops – got it!”

This is what you call a horse with a soft eye.

Can you tell how proud I am? I sure love this girl.

She just may love me a little, too, though some will debate if horses “love” or not.

If we’re going to keep up with our training I’m gonna need to go shopping. Real riding pants would be much more comfy than jeans and a more complimentary helmet would be nice.

Part of our training is lots of scratching and loving, Cass likes that.

When I get on Cass I use the mounting block and it’s fairly easy, I just slide right over. Getting off is a different story. This is also where a horse could jump away if you jar them too much. Gary is having to hold the stirrup on the other side since my saddle slips but as goofy as this looks – my dismount was graceful and Cass didn’t move a muscle.

Ta-Da! A job well done by all.

We’ve built our relationship on love, respect and honesty which has allowed us both to trust. It’s been three years in the making but our moment has come. What a great feeling!

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