Now here we are, a year later and it's time for teeth floating and every shot possible. I borrowed Rudy's trailer (thanks Rudy!) since my usual rental place was booked and I drove that same path I took a year ago. It was a beautiful day, temps in the 70s, the days of fog finally lifted although the roads were still a little slick.
But I wasn't worried. I've hauled dozens of times now.
I can't believe how much has changed in the span of one year. I knew nothing about what I was doing, but had no idea how ignorant I was. It was probably a little dangerous for me to even contemplate owning a horse.
But ignorance is bliss, and I was blissed to the max.
I can tick off the things I've learned:
- Not every horse has the temperment to carry unbalanced riders
- Cinch slowly in phases
- a light trail saddle is particularly beautiful - more so than the fancy silver accented saddle - because I can swing it up without looking like a five year old trying to lift her mom.
- There is such a thing as too much tack.(But I'm not there yet.)
- If you aren't getting licking, chewing and a dropped head, you aren't there yet. Even when your horse tries to tell you you are.
- Your horse needs to be convinced you are up to the task of lead mare. Every day. Don't be a wimp.
- An inch becomes 15 miles in a horse. Let your horse move to the left before you ask them to is not a "special connection." It's a test of dominanc you have to pass. Again and again.
- Horses have the ability to go physically from point A to point M without going thru points B thru L. Quantum power, baby.
- There is nothing better than leaning on your horse and having him "hug" you.
- Walking a horse - or leading, as we experienced horse people call it - is more fun than I imagined, especially when you have a horse with good ground manners.