So yesterday I rode a horse named Bay Lena. She’s not this horse, this photo is from about 2 years ago. But this photo is documentation of one of the last times I was on a horse before yesterday. I always seem to have a natural ability to pick up right where I left off with horseback riding. Anyway, Bay Lena is a much smaller version of the horse in this photo, and she hasn’t been ridden hardly at all in the past two years. Her and I were on the same page, and we seemed to get along rather well.
When I got to the barn Bay Lena was chasing a pony named Blackie around one of the pens, and they were full speed ahead. Blackie was rearing and kicking at Bay Lena…and these were the two that were about to be ridden. After seeing that, I was nervous, but that’s one thing you absolutely can’t be when you’re sitting on top of such a big strong animal..give them a hint of an idea that they can get away with something and they’ll walk all over you. When it comes to horses, someone’s always in charge, and when you’re riding one it better be you.
It’s amazing how when I’m working with a horse I can overcome any fear I feel..I’m not able to do that in a lot of other situations, but when a horse is involved I can recognize the fear and let it go. Mostly because I know that if I’m afraid, the horse will be able to sense that, which will make him not trust me among other things.
I’m hoping to start riding more often, getting some horses that haven’t been ridden enough to the point where they can be used in the lesson program. I really enjoy working with horses that need work even though I don’t have much training on the subject. And I’m realizing I have a lot to say about horses, which I wont elaborate any more on now…but probably more to come in the future!