Thursday, July 19, 2007

I want to ride...


...I want to ride so bad I can taste it!

I haven't spent as much time with Jet as I would have liked to, mostly because Sunny has taken so much of my time. Jet gets petted and patted (she likes to be stroked and didn't like that thumping of the hand), she gets out to visit Pig (someday I'll need to take pics), and basically just hangs out at my side as I walk around the yard. It's been enough for her to settle in and relax, as the thumping of the hand no longer causes her any concern.

A week ago I decided to pull off my jacket and toss it onto her back. Fueled by a successful session with Sunny, I also brought the saddle out and set it on her. As I mentioned before, she was more interested in the grass beneath her feet than the saddle upon her back.

I just came in from ten or so minutes with her. Same sort of stuff, just walking around, over the tarp, then standing at the rail. I tossed the blanket and saddle up there; just the second time it's been up but the first time without her grazing. She actually had to absorb that a foreign object was perched atop her back. She looked at it, but wasn't frightened. Not at all the sensitive baby she came home as six weeks ago.

I rocked the saddle back and forth, dropped the right stirrup down, then the girth. Interest, but no major concern. Like Sunny, she's a little ticklish behind the elbows, but I reached under her belly and brought up the girth. I didn't tighten it because with the past few days of rain the paddock is nothing but slick clay. We were outside in the yard, and I didn't figure I'd take the chance of her jumping away should she spook at the feel of it. I could have tied her, but then I'd have a torn up yard, and if you knew how particular City Boy is about his lawn, even alongside the horses, you'd understand :)

But with the saddle sitting up there, I did climb the rail and sat above Jet's head. I wanted so badly to be able to swing my leg over her back!

A little more ground work~and a few days of sun to dry up that paddock~ and I'll do it. She's ready from an emotional standpoint. A nice easy walk around the paddock...I can feel that old saddle beneath me already.

9 comments:

Katee said...

Wow. That's fast work for Jet. You've only had her home, out of the wild for a month or so, right? And you're ready to ride? Way to go!

Katee

Andrea said...

Oooh, I'm so excited! You will have someone take pictures, right?

Tracey said...

LOL...sure, Andrea, I'd love to post pics of myself coming off head first for y'all to enjoy :)

Katee, she's been here for, I think, seven weeks now. But you know, she's not been a very 'wild' horse. I think she got pretty accustomed to the happenings around the corral over the winter while she was there. And you know, a lot of those Mustang Makeover horses have been ridden already, and they've been with their trainers about the same length of time.

Christy said...

I am so insanely jealous!!! Great job Tracey!!!

Maybe we should talk about a visit for Henry!!! :)

Tracey said...

LOL...Christy, I just finished posting to your blog!

photogchic said...

You can feel the saddle already and I can see the trails already. A couple more weeks and I am going to hit them! Jet is going to be fantastic--what a good girl.

Molly said...

So very exciting! We are all anxious for the yard to dry up and your butt to sit in your saddle. From over here in Cyberspace it looks like she's ready.

Rising Rainbow said...

Sounds like she's doing terrific. Hope she keeps it up. No reason for you to go sailing on a first ride or even a second. Those nice quiet safe rides are the best!

I'm longing for riding again too. Can't stand that summer's half over and I'm still not riding. And I have a couple of trained ones!! But a half dozen more to get started. Soon, I hope.

Katee said...

Tracey, I think Jet is just great and I'm glad that you will be able to ride soon. You are truly the right person for Jet. I'm sure you have a unique appreciation for her attitude since you've done the Sunny Two-Step for so long!