My second lesson was today, with first lesson jitters behind me, I settled into my horse (yea Katy!) and managed to make some serious progress. Next week I’ll have a different mount, but feeling confident enough that I’m looking forward to the challenge.
It was a beautiful morning for a ride today. Cool, Colorado blue sky, snow on the mountain peaks and to top it all off, a bald eagle spent quite a bit of time lazily cruising over the pasture. Being more comfortable as the lesson began today, I was really able to spend more time getting to know all the horses, their names, their abilities, their little quirks. Got totally loved on by the aptly named Romeo, who snuggled me like he was a 10lb puppy, not a two thousand pound gelding.
I think Katy will have a special place in my heart as I move onto Jack. It was clear during my first lesson that she has no patience for bulls***, which is something I adore about her. After I left last week, knowing I’d ride her again this week, I knew I was going to have to calm my demeanor, be the confident rider I knew I was, and trust her. I got fewer dirty looks from her this week for sure and let me tell you, she knows how to throw them. Every once in a while, she’d turn her head back toward me while we were awaiting our turn and glare. Made me laugh every time.
The rest of the weekend was busy with garden shopping – I had to at least get some flowers – a bit of cooking (tomato-spinach soup for lunch this week), and cycling. The local farmer’s market is already open with some lettuces, cool weather crops and some greenhouse varieties. I may stop by this week and see how things look.