Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 5 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay, April 2014. The roses are blooming!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I rode today~~~First time in 3 YEARS!!!
Today was my breakthrough day. I got back on a horse and RODE! I had a lesson with my friend, Annette, down here in the desert. Annette does 4H and lessons for kids through the recreation department. She has a wonderful, patient, kind horse named Riley, a Missouri Foxtrotter, who is the lesson horse. ANYBODY can ride him and today she saddled him and brought him out and said, "Well, are you ready?" My knees were trembling and my hands were sweating, but I said, "Okay...it's NOW or NEVER!" and we flexed him and up I went. It was GOOD getting back on a horse. I was concerned that my back muscles would constrict and my legs would hurt, but only my left leg went to sleep...sigh... She walked him around with me and I learned how to properly back him up, how to turn, how to flex him, and how to do a one-rein stop. I had a little trouble getting off and nearby fell (again) to the ground, but she stepped in and blocked me, so next lesson, I'll practice dismounting, since that seems to be my trouble spot! Aren't you all PROUD of me? It took me 3 years to get BACK on a horse and now I can't wait for Saturday's lesson! (((BIG SMILE)))...(no pics...I was too busy!)