And, the answer is, yes, I have.
I get to the point of sitting on Beautiful Girl's back, but I'm unable to take it to the next step. This video was, I believe, taken in Fall 2011, about five years ago.
Here is Beautiful's first time EVER being ponied. This year, we're going to take it a step further by ponying her, first, in the arena at Riverside State Park, and then on the trails there.
As I was searching old posts to get these tidbits, I ran across a post about my depression when Cowboy was first diagnosed with Head Shaking Syndrome. It took all the passion away from working with my horses and may have contributed to my not getting past the road block. It was also about the same time that I started doing the online radio show that consumed almost every waking moment for three years.
In any case, I did stop, and now I'm here at the same point I left off. Each day, I go out and get Beautiful in the snow and take her to the arena and mounting trough. At this point, I've sat on her back--mounting from both sides--and petted her. She has stood still.
Yesterday, before I went out, I saw her nip at Cowboy and chase him away from the hay. She was grumpy. As I was leading her, she spooked and bolted. So, there was a lot of information to tell me not to push it too far, and I listened.
But I am going to have to get past this point. Somehow.
My training will be on hold though, for a few days, as my husband and I take a little trip.
Oh, I did give Loki a bath yesterday, too. I don't know how, but he finds a way to get stinky even in the winter!
And more pictures of the snow--before it melts with the upcoming heat wave.
I was trying to capture the snow gently blowing off this Heritage Birch.
And, the Weeping Birch.