I was a bit nervous as I haven't ridden in about a month and Rosie hadn't been ridden in at least week. I really didn't have time to thoroughly lunge her out so did once both ways then 5 to 10 minutes of ground manners and on her back I am. You will notice in the pictures I am wearing a helmet. I'm still not completely comfortable with Rosie as she's a "Whole Lotta Rosie" to fall off from so a little safety is in order here.
I learned a few things about her - she likes quiet hands, but needs help in steering sometimes. The more on my seat bones I sit the more we extend without much leg. She really thinks and wants to do what you ask. She is a very awesome horse that gives an awesome ride.
One thing I learned about me - I've lost so much weight in too short of time and my light cotton riding tights don't do me any favors anymore. Next time camera comes out I'll be wearing my black breeches!
And the pictures all taken by Samie from Bonnie's back:
Learning to stand still is never easy...
"Hi Samie Lou!"
Mounting... From a Bucket and you still can't see me:
And moving out....
Proof that all those lessons pay off eventually.. Heels -> Hips -> Shoulders -> Head and OH MY GOSH look at that FLEX and BEND! Not bad for a 5 yr old who's just been started in Dressage !!!
All I can say is I love this horse, I love RIDING this horse!!!