Meet Rose. This plan has been in the making for several months now. My bf L told me he wanted to learn to ride horses. Growing up in Montana, he took care of horses and is an expert stall cleaner, but never had the opportunity to learn the partnership and love that comes with riding. He has sat on Riesling before, despite refusing to ever ride in a dressage saddle. He saw the happiness and stress relief I gained and wanted to experience the same thing.
Not too long ago at Idaho Horse Expo I ran into my old manager from the tack shop I worked at. She was like a second mom to me, and I was so excited to tell her about how I now was living with my bf in the country surrounded by horses. I told her about how L wanted to learn to ride and she told me she had the perfect horse. Rose is one of her home-bred horses that is mostly happily retired at 22 years of age. However, this girl has a lot of fire and passion and loves to be worked. She had just been sitting at her ranch and offered to let me free lease her. Even more accommodating, she loaned us her tack. She came to us on June 13th, and has been an absolute doll.
Shes a little chunky and has an old shoulder injury that requires attention. But she is the perfect teacher for L. I had the pleasure of getting a quick spin on her when she arrived (C wanted to show me her buttons). First off, it is so nice to be able to mount a horse from the ground! I'll still be getting a mounting block because I am the least flexible person on the face of the planet, but it is nice knowing I could get off and on during a trail ride. She has a ton of getup and go, and I can't wait to take little spins on her when she isn't babysitting L.