Yesterday I told, on my Blogger journal, about saddling Libby and mounting her.
I put my foot in the stirrup and got on; she stood still as a statue. Amazing!
I dismounted; she stood still as a statue.
I got back on, she still stood quietly.
I clucked to her to go forward; she stood still as a statue.
I couldn't figure any way to get her to go forward without risking injury to myself. (One horse landing atop me is quite enough in one lifetime). If Cliff or Arick had been around, I'd have had them direct her forward with the wand or whip, or perhaps lead her. But I was alone.
There are knowledgeable horse people who read both my journals. Two of them suggested I use a halter or bosal with Libby, instead of a bridle, at least to start with. In other words, no bit.
So I did what Arick did on his first ride on Libby: I made reins out of her lead rope and used her halter instead of a bridle.
Then I got on. She continued to stand perfectly still while I got on. By the way, I don't have to use my mounting bucket with Libby, since she's much shorter than Blue.
Eventually, by turning her one way and another, I got her walking around the pen. I only had one slight scare: the two calves were outside the round pen, right up against it, grazing. They were out of sight unless they tossed their heads up chasing flies, or switched their tails high. Well, Libby saw that movement once and it rather spooked her. I had to spin her in several circles, but finally she settled down and I rode her some more, here and there in the pen. I kept only the toe of my left boot in the stirrup, so if necessary I could make a fast getaway. Thankfully, all went well.
So I can now officially say that I rode Libby, even though the ride lasted no more than ten minutes. I have no witnesses (unless the renter was looking out her window), so I took a picture while I was in the saddle. You've seen many pictures here that included Blue's ears. I now introduce you to Libby's ears!