Just for review, here's a video of our 2016 birthday ride. It was a difficult ride for me, because I lost a lot of confidence when Pearl pitched me off. However, I sucked it up and climbed up on Skeets for about five minutes.
She and I have had a few more successful rides since then. As much as I love her, I am still struggling with confidence, though she's never given me any reason to believe she would dump me. So since my birthday ride 2016, we might have had 10 in the past year. I'm kind of ashamed of that low number, but it's changing. Each ride is better than the last and I'm finding my confidence again.
Skeets on the ground and Skeets under saddle are two completely different horses. On the ground, she's still quite a pushy bitch who forgets to stay out of humans' spaces. However, under saddle, not much bothers her. She's like riding an old plow horse.
I had hoped to ride up in the forest for my birthday ride, but there were several factors that kept us from doing that, so we just took a ride around town with Bill and Ranger. Jay was kind enough to trail along with the camera (I decided it was too boring in town to justify wearing the GoPro).
|She's only recently been allowed back at the rail, instead of being tied at the truck.|
|Ranger is so patient with the young whippersnapper.|
|Finally, we're off.|
|Right before we got stuck. I'm tired of getting stuck.|
|Yep. You guessed it, stuck.|
|Finally on the move again.|
Mom and Bill are going to focus on Alloy for a while, and then take Pearl up in the fall to start her mountain training.
Maybe for next year's birthday ride, we can make it back up to the forest and maybe visit my favorite pond.