|Chunk chunk chunk|
I had some time to think about the state of my life in that moment. Thoughts such as, "Wow, I didn't realize she could make herself this tall," "Should I bail?" and "Hmm, wonder if she's going to flip over," crossed my mind. Thankfully she didn't flip, but I still swung my leg over her in an emergency dismount.
I led her over to the mounting block to get back up.
So I longed her for like 5 minutes, and asked for one or two laps of her not striking out at me before she could be done. (Novel concept, I know.) Not sure if I'll ride her again since even though she is very funny to me, I really see zero prospect of her becoming a lesson horse...and although I can ride out her two-legged hijinks, one thing I am NOT ok with is potentially being squished by 800 lbs of pony.
This Saturday: BYRON RODE A HORSE!!! He was pretty apprehensive at first, but once he realized that I had put him on a true Gentle Giant (Caladhin) and that nothing terrible was going to happen, he was confidently walking around (at the glacial pace of an old draft horse) and figuring out steering. He asked a lot of questions and it seems like he really wants to learn, which I love. I don't have any illusions that he'll be joining me at the barn 45 minutes away to hang around what he sees as giant girlfriend-crushing beasts every weekend, but if he can get to "mosey along on the trail every once in a while" level I think that would be awesome.
His verdict: "Well, it wasn't terrifying."
Now I owe him some time spent playing videogames with him in exchange.
As for this Sunday: That gets a post all to itself. Stay tuned.
Thanks to volunteer Chris L.H. for photos.