OK, I'll tell you about my day with Prince, my daughter's horse. He's not really great about letting me pick his feet up, and this could cause problems when the farrier comes. So while everyone was watching the pre-game stuff, I went out and got Prince (formerly known as Brat) and did nothing but groom his wet body (it's rained all day here) and pick up his feet, one after the other. After a half-hour or more of this, he was doing pretty well.
I came in for a while, snacked a bit, and read a couple of chapters of one of Mark Rashid's books. Inspired by this, I figured I'd go mess with Prince's feet a little more. He responded much better than he had earlier. I tossed his saddle pad on him, just for practice. I took it off and picked up his feet again, one by one. Then I tossed the saddle pad on again, and figured it wouldn't hurt to just put the saddle on, while I was at it.
Well, as long as I'd done that much, why not cinch up the saddle and put his bridle on? Of course, the next logical step was to see if he'd let me mount.
I won't say he was completely willing, but I made it. He's a chronic head-tosser, and will almost hit a rider in the head as he tosses his head back. But that wasn't such a big problem. I rode him around our house a couple of times, and I guess someone in there saw me out the window. Rachel, my daughter, stepped out the back door, and Prince (formerly known as Brat.... LOL) decided to rear a bit. Just as Rachel was saying, "He doesn't rear too high, at least..." that horse stood straight up rearing so big, she thought he was going to topple over with me aboard!
I figured since I'd survived that, I might as well see if he'd tire out, and I rode him up and down our road countless times. He did a lot of head-tossing, and acted pretty spooky. But after about an hour, he was doing pretty good. I had a wonderful feeling of accomplishment by the time I put him up.
I feel like a real cowgirl! (I kept whispering to Prince, "Remember, I'm an old woman.")
Cliff said he was probably thinking, "OK, who let the OATS bus off here?"