Since Yiska has come home Don has developed a new appreciation for and interest in horses. I was delighted when that interest developed into a desire to take riding lessons and quickly signed him up for Rose’s beginning lessons.
For the last two months we’ve been out of bed at the crack of dawn every Saturday morning and on the road to Belen with Bodhi in the backseat and Yiska in the trailer before 9 am. Which says quite a bit about how much we’ve enjoyed these past weeks.
Rose has a vast knowledge of horses, a real love of what she is doing and an easy way with people. I’ve been thrilled to help with the lessons and spend time with friends I haven’t seen much of since Yiska moved to Johnny’s Garden. But hey, this isn’t about me.
Riding at Rose’s is just plain fun. There is always something interesting going on and fun people to hang out with.
From treating colic and caring for injuries to schooling a young filly, if your interest is horses this is the place to be.
Hitch has graciously tangled herself up in something and cut her hind leg offering students an excellent opportunity to learn the abc’s of wound care.
The following week some ground work with a young filly illustrates the fascinating physical and psychological interaction that takes place between a horse and an experienced trainer.
Here fear and anxiety, the horse’s natural instincts are to flee.
Now she’s really concentrating on what it is Rose is asking her to do and trying to figure out where to put her feet.
She’s getting it. This is a lot of mental effort for her and she’s working hard.
Calm and relaxed. A good start.
This past weekend was the last beginners class and the last time we’ll be going to Belen regularly for awhile. Don wants to go and take the intermediate class and hopefully something can be arranged soon, but for now our Saturdays with Rose have come to an end I’m sorry to say.