(Me playing hookie)
Free Rein Therapeutic Riding--a non-profit that uses horses to help children with autism, and other special needs, and PTSD in veterans.
(Riding out with my partner.)
(Returning with my partner)
(My partner and I at the trailhead)
Tomorrow I start training C'ya with the help of a professional. I discovered two things:
1. I don't feel comfortable training a green horse. It's not something I do all the time, and I want her to have a solid foundation.
2. I don't want to send her off to someone for training because I want to grow as she grows and get to know her through the process. Even though I've owned her and trained her since she was 2--and even rode her in the past--we never got very far in the whole process, and I never took her out on the trails. All the riding happened in the round pen and arena and there wasn't much of it. I sent her to a trainer a few years ago who rode her for two weeks, but C'ya developed cinch sores, and I had to bring her home. I've worked with her since then, from the ground, going over poles and obstacles (to teach her to watch where she's putting her feet--a complaint from the trainer) and basic yielding, etc. Cowboy has taken all my time and attention--and he still will as long as he stays sound--but through fall and winter, especially winter, when I wouldn't be trail riding anyway, I want to concentrate first on C'ya and then, when I've had a green horse refresher, with Beautiful Girl.
Wish me luck on going back to school with my green horses. Should be a great adventure.