Well, I FINALLY got Beauty saddled today! By myself! Well, no...actually with some help from Cathy, the very nice lady who boards "our herd"! First, I took Beauty up to the round pen and lunged her. Phew! Then, Art took Sunni down to the arena for some relief from the "brats" (i.e. Cali and Scout). Well, Sunni decided that the arena was a pretty nice place and he didn't want to leave! He REFUSED to be haltered. Sunni has always come to me and let me halter him with no problemo! Not today. Uh-huh. No way. It took us over an HOUR to halter him! Finally, Art said he got so tired he just said, "okay". Go figure. Horses are strange sometimes! So, I took Beauty OUT of the round pen, down to the tie posts, tied her, and watched. Hmmmm....she just stood there (THANK YOU VALERIE!). No spook. No pulling back. So, I brushed her, and Cathy helped me put the saddle on her. GOOD GIRL! Then, I took her down to the now-empty arena (now that Sunni decided it was okay to go back with "the brats") and lunged her down there. Good thing! She bucked and kicked and went off cantering. YIKES! Uh, it will be a few more weekends before I finally get on Beauty again! It was a fun day and I am WORN OUT! Especially since I've had this stupid BRONCHITIS now for over 3 weeks. My endurance and energy are way low. I could barely keep up with Beauty! Anyway, it was a nice day in the mountains and I'm glad I was able to work with Beauty.