I started riding again! This a great accomplishment for me because I have been very anxious about it due to prior injuries a few years ago.
Mike planned to put me on Falcon yesterday-and I KNOW I wasn't ready for it, but Falcon took care of that by being a little "off". It is possibly from his vaccinations or his recent trim, so at least another day of leisure for him.
T saddled up Drummer and had me climb aboard while she kept him on the lunge line. I was pretty tense despite the stretching exercises that she had me do. Then she reminded me to BREATHE!
I don't think I BREATHE very often...in fact I am not sure I why I am still alive.
In the end she said that I had good form and did really well. That was very encouraging for me to hear because 1rst: I am very self conscious of someone watching me and 2nd: I have never had lessons, ever.
I learned to post while riding one of my friends endurance horses-they used to laugh and say that I only knew one gait on a horse and that was how to post at the flying trot.
Today I was supposed to meet Mike again, but he couldn't come until later, so T gave me a good long lesson on Drummer again. This time on my own, walk/trot/canter around the arena. The biggest thing I need to work on is BREATHING and holding the reins correctly. Since I apparently have never held them correctly it is going to take some practice even though it makes sense.
Afterwards T left with her husband and A to go for a trail ride. I worked Nevel in the the arena and it was FANTASTIC. The best I have seen him. I think I will try ground driving him next weekend if the weather is nice. T is willing to give me more lessons...so indeed...there may be hope for me after all.