Archive for December 12th, 2011

Revisiting and Redefining Perceptions

amywink December 12th, 2011

I had a very successful visit with Blessing this weekend. And I had a wonderful surprise when I got there. Malen had saddled Blessing to help her respond better to the bit and I got to see the most adorable Western pony I’ve seen in a long long time. Maybe ever.

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She is doing spectacularly well–in my opinion!–and every time I see her, she’s developed more muscle and balance and becoming a quite lovely mare. She’s also showing off her character. She’d only been under saddle one day when I saw her and took it all like a champ, without any issue or even resistance. While I was there, Malen began to show her how to yield to the bit and Blessing responded very calmly as she worked to figure it out img_2620.jpg

Seeing Blessing under saddle made me think hard about what I wanted for her and for myself. I don’t think I ride very well but it has always been a desire in the back of my mind. I’d wanted to ride and drive Will when I bought him but things didn’t work out as well for that desire as I had hoped but because I love driving so much, it didn’t really matter any more that I didn’t ride.

Until Saturday.

Suddenly, it was like the first Ride for Nickel Grocery Store Pony I ever saw was right there waiting for me and I had plenty of nickels. For a kid who grew up watching old Roy Rogers movies on Saturday morning and Lone Ranger in black and white and color, there’s just something about a pony in a nice western saddle. And that old desire rushed up all over me and I had to figure out what to do about it.

So, after lots of advice from friends, I’m revisiting my perceptions of my riding skills and have planned to take a riding lesson in the very near future. Once I have a new understanding of my abilities, I may add riding to Blessing’s training regime. She’ll still be a driving pony and her brother is waiting on her return and their future as a pair remains unchanged. Except, she may be a riding pony too.

How could I resist this?
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