Maggie came up today to get on Maverick for me since she’s a very good rider and also very thin (I hate her). She brought her bareback pad and bitless bridle with her, and her really sexy leopard print hard hat. Maverick thought it was a big edible cookie.
We didn’t even longe Maverick first. He was his typical easy going, laid back self and Maggie felt confident just hopping on. Since my mounting block has gone missing (I’m wondering which horse was smart enough to cart it off and hide it in the woods), I just put Maverick next to the fence and Maggie slid on from there. Maverick had about 5 seconds of fast walking while the “my goodness, there’s something on my back” surprise wore off. Then, it was business as usual.
It was difficult for me to get pictures of him because he really just wanted to follow me (and the cookies) around the round pen.
Today was just about having someone on his back. Maggie didn’t use her leg at all and the reins stayed slack the whole time.
He did trot a few steps while I ran ahead and Maggie said he has a nice comfortable trot.
She could also feel him trying to keep her centered and balanced up there. He quickly figured out that it was more comfortable for him if she were comfortable.
I really can’t tell you how proud I am of my baby boy! I knew he’d be easy, but I am amazed daily at how willing to please he’s become. I am really going to miss him!