I'm now in my second month of horseback riding and really enjoying it. I think I've mastered the trot, and am getting better at maneuvering around. It's amazing how in tune a horse is to your body... slightly turning my shoulders or my head takes the horse in the direction I want to go.
It's a pretty cool experience. I didn't know anything about horses, and now I feel very connected. They are like giant dogs in some ways! I never knew how much horses crave attention... running up for a pet and some love. I've been riding Tommy for the majority of my lessons and he's great. He's around 15 years old and really sweet. He can be a bit stubborn, but listened to me really well in my last lesson as I felt much more confident. I can see why learning from a young age would be a huge benefit... I'm in awe of the young girls who are competing and riding flawlessly... but I figure as long as I can pleasure ride, I'm good to go!
When I'm riding I'm not thinking about anything else, and it's the best feeling ever! I leave feeling rejuvenated... it's the perfect fit for me - being focused on something new that challenges me... centred around animals. I love it.
We've even brought Daisy to a lesson! They allow dogs so long as they're leashed. She sat with hubby in the stands, and we walked her around outside to visit the horses there. She had no qualms with the horses, and if anything, was more anxious with the owner's incredibly old dog coming over for a sniff. More afraid of an ancient retriever than a giant horse... that's what makes her special!